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October 2009

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Key Facts About 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine

A flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against influenza illness. This season, there is a seasonal flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu viruses and a 2009 H1N1 vaccine to protect against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (sometimes called "swine flu"). Read more

Comprehensive Health Care Reform Should Be National Priority

By Billy Tauzin
President and CEO, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

With the health care reform debate intensifying across America, we have taken every opportunity to remind lawmakers and the public that continued medical progress is critically important to patients, the economy and the future of America. Health care reform should focus both on meeting patients' needs today, as well as promoting the innovation and research to provide even better treatments and cures in the future. Yes, saving money is important, but so is saving lives. Read more

Partner Spotlight

California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

The mission of CPhA is to act as the leader in advocating the role of the pharmacist as an essential provider of health care and to support pharmacists in providing optimal patient care.

CPhA, founded in 1869, is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacy professionals from all practice settings. Our mission is to promote, expand and defend the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists in California.

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CPAT Seminars:

Making the Most of Your Medicines
Thursday, November 5, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Sacramento
River City Ballroom
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information, please contact Charlotte Phillips at (916) 658-0144 or


Making the Most of Your Medicines
Thursday, November 12, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
Carmel III Room 901
Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

For more information, please contact Arlen Valdivia at (323) 466-3445 or



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In the News

What you need to know about H1N1 vaccine
KPBS San Diego, October 5, 2009
The first doses of vaccine against swine flu -- officially known as H1N1 of 2009 -- will start arriving at hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics around the country this week. That's record time for a new vaccine -- only a little more than five months after scientists discovered the now-pandemic virus.

Small businesses prepare for H1N1 flu
Inland News Today, October 5, 2009
Small businesses already hit hard by the recession may soon undergo another pummeling, this time by the 2009 H1N1 virus, the frightening new subtype of a strain that's been around for decades.

Doctors worry not enough people will get shots for H1N1
Visalia Times-Delta, October 5, 2009
Frenzy instigated months ago by the appearance of H1N1 -- or swine flu -- in Tulare County has died down considerably since time has shown the virus to be no more deadly than seasonal flu, said Dr. Robert Allen, a family medicine physician with Visalia Medical Clinic. Now, instead of being worried that there won't be enough vaccine to go around, Allen is concerned people won't bother getting immunized for the swine flu at all.

H1N1 appears unusually deadly for pregnant women
Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2009
In a reminder that the new strain of H1N1 influenza may be more dangerous than originally thought, federal health officials reported Thursday that 100 pregnant women infected with the virus were hospitalized in intensive care units in the first four months of the outbreak, and 28 have died.

Flu shots more effective in adults, study finds
San Francisco Chronicle, September 24, 2009
In a study of nearly 2,000 healthy adults during a recent flu season, standard shots were twice as effective against regular winter flu as the newer nasal spray, researchers found. That may not be true, however, for swine flu vaccines, which may be available first in a spray. Experts say both kinds might be equally effective against the swine flu in children and adults.

San Mateo Co. holds mass vaccination drill
KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco, October 5, 2009
With such a massive goal, Bay Area counties are getting prepared. Monday morning, San Mateo County tested itself and held a mass vaccination drill. The drill took place at the Urban Search and Rescue warehouse in Menlo Park. It envisioned that the San Mateo County Health Department had ordered a mass vaccination. It would not be too much of a stretch to say that if the drill had been the real thing, the smoother things went, the more people would survive.

Earlier flu campaign means some vaccine shortages in Sacramento region
Sacramento Bee, October 3, 2009
These days you can't go to the supermarket or drugstore without being peddled the seasonal flu shot. At the same time, some hospitals and public health departments are experiencing shortages of the seasonal flu vaccine. The uneven availability reflects health officials' emphasis on pushing the seasonal flu vaccine earlier this year, to make way for the swine flu vaccine to come later.


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