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Jump Start Your Immunization Practice with "The Pink Book"

Magazine article Drug Topics

Jump Start Your Immunization Practice with "The Pink Book"

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IMMUNIZATION

With immunizations gaining attention for their potential to become a new profit center for pharmacies, a pharmacist educator urged colleagues to make sure they're up to date on the latest vaccination recommendations and new immunization devices.

Get "The Pink Book"

The first step is to get a copy of the new 13th edition of the CDC textbook Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, better known as "The Pink Book,'' said Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, clinical associate professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, who spoke to the McKesson ideaShare conference in San Diego.

"'The Pink Book' is a great place to start for any immunization practice. They finally gave us a new edition," Wilhelm said. "I definitely recommend you have one at your practice. Download the latest copy, if you haven't already."

Recent developments

Wilhelm also pointed out several recent developments:

* The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued new recommendations regarding the typhoid and HPV vaccines this year. According to the panel, the typhoid vaccine is recommended for travelers to specific countries, people in close contact with chronic typhoid carriers, and certain lab workers. …

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