Smoking rates nationally have declined over the past several decades, however, tobacco use in the North Country of upstate New York remains higher than the national average. Group discussion programs have been shown to be more effective for smoking cessation than pharmacologic efforts alone. A 7-week smoking cessation support group was started in Glens Falls, New York using the Butt Stops Here curriculum. Participants were encouraged to also use pharmacologic methods as directed by their medical providers. Participants completed a brief survey before and after the program. Participants generally felt less motivated, but more equipped to quit after the seven weeks. One participant out of eight was able to quit entirely and 7/8 participants were able to decrease their level of tobacco use. A larger sample size is needed before conclusions can be drawn about the effectiveness of this smoking cessation support group.
High-dose influenza vaccines are approved by the FDA for use in adults 65 years and older and have been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality of influenza. However, the pharmacy manager and infection preventionist at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine identified the vaccine was not widely utilized at the institution's out-patient practices. This project reviewed the current literature on the high-dose vaccination and provided an educational presentation to family doctors about the evidence supporting the use of the high-dose vaccination. Data were collected from each practice of the number of high-dose influenza vaccines administered in the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 flu seasons.
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