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ACIP releases updated vaccination schedule with several changes

Updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) affect vaccinations for influenza and human papillomavirus, among others.

Antivirals plus antibiotics may lower risk of hospitalization in some patients with influenza

Although combination antiviral and antibiotic therapy was associated with a significant reduction in respiratory hospitalization risk within 30 days compared to an antiviral alone in this study, that does not mean the combination should be widely used, the authors noted.

MKSAP Quiz: Evaluation for contraceptive advice

A 37-year-old woman is evaluated for contraceptive advice. She is married and has a 1-year-old child. The patient describes the conception of this child as an “accident” because she often missed taking her previous oral contraceptive. Her menstrual periods have resumed and are regular but heavy. What is the most appropriate female contraceptive option for this patient?

Primary care visits declining while urgent care use is on the rise, study finds

Early evidence indicates a decline in per capita primary care visits, with possible explanations including the rise of urgent care, telemedicine, and high-deductible health insurance plans, study authors said.

Free Feb. 12 webinar on implicit bias in interdisciplinary care

Jabraan Pasha, MD, FACP, will explore how group membership and implicit bias affect team interactions and interdisciplinary care.

Learning from diagnostic errors in the latest Core IM podcast episode

This “Hoofbeats” episode is based on an actual case where the attending physician misdiagnosed the patient but another doctor immediately recognized the symptoms.

And the winner is …

ACP Internist Weekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.