Today it seems like there is a retail pharmacy on every corner across the country offering immunizations, but it wasn’t always this way. It wasn’t until 2010 when pharmacists in all 50 U.S. states were authorized to administer vaccinations.
Flu season in the United States begins in October and can last all the way through May. During this time, the flu virus circulates at elevated levels among the population. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way for people to reduce their chances of catching the flu and spreading it to others.
It’s not uncommon for people to make up excuses to forgo their annual flu shot, but it’s time to put an end to these baseless justifications and commit to protecting ourselves and our communities against the flu.
On September 22, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper got his flu shot and this year the process was a quick, easy and comfortable experience. Governor Hickenlooper, along with the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment Dr. Larry Wolk, received the influenza vaccination using PharmaJet’s Needle-Free Injector. PharmaJet’s needle-free technology to deliver flu shots is the first of its kind to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the vaccinations given to infants and young children in the past 20 years alone will prevent 322 million illnesses and save 732,000 lives just in the United States.
The 2013-2014 flu season began in early October 2013 and ran through late May 2014. During that time, flu outbreaks peaked at the end of December, which is determined by the number of hospitalizations and reports of influenza like symptoms tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In the United States, 600,000-800,000 needlestick injuries are documented each year, yet studies have indicated that oftentimes these incidents go unreported.1 This begs the question: How truly prevalent are these events in the healthcare industry and why are they going undocumented?
While medical innovations have progressed dramatically over the previous century, the last 20 years specifically have resulted in monumental advancements that substantially increased medical care standards and improved overall global health. In this article, we outline what we believe to be the four most significant medical innovations of the past 20 years.
For healthcare providers, the cost of administering vaccines goes beyond the price of the needle and syringe. To provide immunizations, facilities often need to pay for specialty training, sharps management and disposal, and costly testing and treatment for needlestick injuries.
In the average hospital or medical office, proper sharps waste disposal is a top priority for management and staff alike. Correct disposal of biohazard materials — including used syringes — is a highly regulated procedure at both the state and federal level in an effort to make the work environment as safe as possible.