✦ A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the deepening economic crisis has made some patients struggle to afford their prescription medication, among other essentials. According to the poll, 8% of Americans have had difficulty paying for medicine since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, while 13% reported problems paying for food, 11% struggled to pay medical bills, and 9% had trouble affording health coverage. Read the poll results at https://bit.ly/2AdXWjI.
✦ There will be heavy demand for influenza vaccines this fall, according to a Reuters poll, and the news service reports that retail pharmacies are stocking up on flu vaccine doses to meet it. The poll, which was taken over the course of May 13 to 19, indicates that 60% of Americans intend to get the flu vaccine in the fall. According to Reuters, Rite Aid Corp. has increased its annual order of flu vaccine by 40%. “We’re in for a double-barreled assault this fall and winter with flu and COVID. Flu is the one you can do something about,” Vanderbilt University Medical Center infectious disease expert William Schaffner, M.D., told Reuters. Read more at https://reut.rs/2ZHadrC.