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More Evidence COVID Boosters Improve Seniors' Immunity

For older adults, getting vaccinated provides protection against COVID-19, but getting a booster is a key part of maintaining that immunity, a new study confirms.

"The data support the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and affirm that the vaccine is initially able to mount a good a...

Money, Good Info Can't Undo Resistance to COVID Vaccine: Study

Public health officials tried everything to convince Americans to get vaccinated against COVID, including giving away cash, but that wasn't enough to change hesitant minds, a new study shows.

Researchers were surprised by the findings.

"There is literature and evidence from other vacci...

Jynneos Vaccine Protects Against Monkeypox in Early U.S. Data

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The Jynneos vaccine, originally designed to guard against smallpox infection, also seems to protect against monkeypox, new U.S. government

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  • September 29, 2022
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  • COVID Shot in Pregnancy Helps Baby, Even If Mom's Been Infected: Study

    Pregnant women who get COVID-19 and then get vaccinated before giving birth are more likely than other moms to pass protective antibodies to their newborns, new research shows.

    Babies can't get their own shots until they're

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 29, 2022
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  • 'Breakthrough' Infections After COVID Vaccine Can Help Prevent Future Illness

    It's very frustrating to get a COVID-19 vaccine and then wind up catching the virus anyway.

    But these breakthrough infections actually do yo...

    Study Probes Links Between Vaccines and Asthma in Kids, With Inconclusive Results

    Aluminum in childhood vaccines has long been the cause of speculation about a potential link to allergies and asthma, but a new study designed to figure out whether there might be a connection did not come to a definitive conclus...

    More Evidence COVID Vaccination Can Cause Temporary Change in Menstrual Cycle

    Women may experience a small, but temporary, delay in their menstrual cycle after receiving a COVID shot, a new study finds.

    The delay was, on average, less than one day and, for most women, it resolved after the first cycle post-vaccination, according to this research funded by the U.S....

    Canada to Remove All COVID Border Restrictions Oct. 1

    All COVID travel restrictions in Canada will be gone starting on Oct. 1, health officials announced Tuesday.

    Both international and domestic travelers to the country will be able to give up such pandemic mainstays as submitting mandatory health information through

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 27, 2022
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  • COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

    TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children who fall ill with COVID-19 may have a slightly increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of more than 285,000 children with COVID, 0.04% were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the next six months. While that's a small percentage, it was 72% higher than the rate in a c...

    Pfizer, Moderna Seek Approval of New COVID Boosters for Kids

    Both Pfizer and Moderna have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve their updated coronavirus boosters for children.

    The "bivalent" shots, like those that adults were able to start receiving this month, t...

    CDC Says Universal Masking Can Be Dropped in Some Nursing Homes, Hospitals

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased its universal masking recommendation for nursing homes and hospitals, unless those health care institutions are in areas seeing high levels of COVID-19 transmission.

    The change is part of updated guidelines publish...

    • By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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    • September 26, 2022
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    4.4 Million Americans Have Gotten Updated COVID Boosters

    At least 4.4 million Americans have received the updated COVID-19 booster shot.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts decried President Joe Biden's televised claim that "the pandemic is over."

    The White Hous...

    Canada May Soon Drop COVID Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers

    If you haven't had a COVID vaccine, you can’t travel to Canada, but that could change soon.

    The vaccine requirement for foreign nationals in that country is likely to be eliminated by the end of September, the Associat...

    FDA Warns Against Overuse of TPOXX Monkeypox Drug

    U.S. health officials are advising doctors not to overuse the only antiviral for monkeypox because there is a risk of the virus mutating and rendering the drug useless.

    TPOXX ...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

    Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

    New case numbers are down by nearly half since early August, White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said in a Thursday media briefing....

    WHO Says Pandemic's End May Be Near

    The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, the leader of the World Health Organization declared Wednesday, with deaths at their lowest level worldwide since the new coronavirus first began to spread in March 2020.

    However, the death rate is relatively flat and not yet at their lowest level in ...

    First U.S. Monkeypox Death Confirmed in California

    Monkeypox was the cause of death in a Los Angeles County adult last week, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    This is the first known death from monkeypox to be reported in the United States.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 13, 2022
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  • Who Needs to Worry About the Polio 'Emergency'?

    Even though New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently declared polio a state emergency after samples of the virus were found in wastewater in New York City and four surrounding counties, public health experts say it's not time to push the panic button.

    “The risk to the majori...

    COVID Shots' Effect Fades, But Boosters Bring Protection Back: Study

    Updated COVID-19 booster shots that target Omicron variants are rolling out across the United States, and a new study argues they're coming at just the right time.

    Protective antibody levels tend to decline by at least 15% each month after a person receives a single COVID booster shot, researchers rep...

    India y China autorizan las primeras vacunas sin aguja contra la COVID

    Mientras los investigadores exploran las posibilidades de unas vacunas contra la COVID-19 que no requieran una inyección, las autoridades de salud pública de India y China ya aprobaron nuevas versiones sin agujas para sus ciudadanos.

    En India, los reguladores

  • Hola Doctor and Cara Murez
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  • September 8, 2022
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  • Another Reason to Get the Flu Shot: Lowered Risk for Stroke

    As flu season approaches, a new study is pointing to a possible bonus from vaccination: a lower risk of stroke.

    Researchers in Spain found that among nearly 86,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who got their annual flu shot were less likely to suffer an ischemic stroke over the next y...

    COVID Vaccines Likely to Become Annual Shots: White House

    COVID-19 vaccines will likely go the way of flu shots in the future, with updated doses given annually, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

    "In the absence of a dramatically different variant, we likely are moving towards a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual influenza vaccine, with annual ...

    First Needle-Free COVID Vaccines Get OK in India, China

    While researchers explore the possibilities of COVID-19 vaccines that don't require an injection, public health officials in India and China have already each approved new needle-free versions for their citizens.

    In India, regulators on Tuesday

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 7, 2022
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  • Pediatricians Urge Parents to Get Kids a Flu Shot

    Children should get their flu shot as soon as it is available, preferably by the end of October, a leading medical group recommends.

    Flu vaccination lagged last year, with 55% of children getting their vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted. Coverage levels were 8 percentage points lower for Black childre...

    CDC's Expert Panel OKs Omicron-Specific Booster Shots From Pfizer, Moderna

    A vaccine advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Thursday to recommend updated boosters from Pfizer and Moderna that target Omicron variants, paving the way for the shots to get into American arms within days.

    All that is needed now is for CDC Director Dr. Ro...

    FDA Approves Omicron-Specific Booster Shots From Pfizer, Moderna

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave the green light to updated COVID booster shots from both Pfizer and Moderna that target Omicron variants, paving the way for the shots to get into American arms within a few days.

    “The FDA has been planning for the possibility that the composit...

    First U.S. Monkeypox Death Reported in Texas

    A Texas patient who was infected with monkeypox has died, though state health officials said Tuesday it's too early to say what role the virus may have played in the death.

    The adult, who died in a hospital in Harris County, was "severely immunocompromised" and had "various severe illnesses," health officials...

    COVID Vaccine Won't Raise Stroke Risk

    COVID-19 vaccines do not increase your risk for stroke, new research shows, but severe COVID infection does, and experts hope the finding will ease the concerns of those who are hesitant to get the shot.

    “We now know that patients who've had a vaccine are not at higher risk of stroke, thanks to a large body of data with millions of patients who have been included,” said Dr. Alexis Sim...

    Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

    Although there's now enough monkeypox vaccine to go around, the Americans who need it most still may not be getting it, a new report shows.

    Only 10% of the Jynneos vaccine doses have been

  • By Steven Reinberg and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • August 29, 2022
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  • Monkeypox Cases May Finally Be Ebbing, With Declines Seen in Europe, WHO Says

    The number of monkeypox cases around the world dropped by 21% in the last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday.

    This significant decline may signal that the outbreak in Europe is finally waning, the WHO

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 25, 2022
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  • COVID Boosters Targeted to Latest Variants Could Be Ready After Labor Day

    The Biden Administration plans to roll out updated booster shots that target Omicron variants shortly after Labor Day, in an effort to protect Americans against a possible winter surge in COVID-19 cases.

    Dr. Peter Marks, the top vaccine regulator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, told the

    Pfizer COVID Shots 73% Protective in Kids Under 5

    Pfizer's modified COVID-19 vaccine for use in children under 5 was 73% effective in shielding them from infection during the Omicron surge this spring, company data released Tuesday shows.

    The specially formulated...

    Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Omicron-Specific Booster Shot

    Pfizer Inc. said Monday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of an updated booster shot that targets several versions of the Omicron variant.

    Animal studies show that the new mRNA vaccine produces an immune response against both BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, with clinical trials set to begin this month, the company said in a

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 22, 2022
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  • Vaccines Have Slashed Rates of HPV Infection in Young American Women

    Back in 2006, doctors began recommending the first vaccine for the common sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), with the shots carrying the potential to lower the risk of certain cancers.

    Now, a new study shows the vaccine has been wi...

    Cases of Advanced Cervical Cancer Keep Rising Among U.S. Women

    New research points to a conundrum with cervical cancer: While rates of early-stage disease have been dropping in the United States ever since the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced, advanced cases have been on the rise.

    Which women are being hit the hardest? The steepest uptick in advanced cer...

    Countries With Universal Health Care Had Better Child Vaccination Rates During Pandemic

    Countries that are closer to achieving universal health coverage saw smaller declines in routine childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, a new study reveals.

    The World Health Organization describes universal health coverage as "all individuals and communities receive the health services...

    Half of People Infected With Omicron May Not Have Known It: Study

    Are you one of those folks who thinks they have somehow miraculously managed to avoid COVID-19 infection more than two years into the pandemic?

    You might be mistaken, claims new research that discovered most people hit by the highly contagious Omicron variant had symptoms so mild they did...

    Biden Administration May Stop Buying COVID Vaccines, Treatments by Fall

    The Biden Administration plans to stop buying COVID tests, vaccines and treatments as early as the fall, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Tuesday.

    Under that plan, those products would be provided through the regular health care system, J...

    How Worried Should You Be About New Reports on Polio?

    Poliovirus detected in New York City wastewater last week put public health officials on high alert, as it indicates the potentially paralyzing virus is circulating widely in the area.

    But infectious disease experts say there's no need for families of fully vaccinated children to panic.

    "The inactivated p...

    U.K. Is First Country to Approve Moderna's Omicron-Targeted COVID Vaccine

    A COVID-19 booster that's targeted to the Omicron variant will be available soon — and it's already been approved in Britain.

    The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency was the first to give the go-ahead for th...

    COVID Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women: Study

    The most popular COVID-19 vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy, a large, new Canadian study has concluded.

    About 4% of pregnant women given an mRNA vaccine had a signif...

    Most Older, Vaccinated Americans Say They'll Get Updated Booster in Fall: Poll

    Most older U.S. adults are prepared to roll up their sleeves to get an updated COVID-19 booster shot once one becomes available, a new poll shows.

    About 3 in 5 (61%) people over 50 who have gotten at least one dose of COVID vaccine say they would get an updated booster that offers protection against the new

  • By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 10, 2022
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  • FDA Stretches Monkeypox Vaccine Supply by Authorizing Smaller Doses

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay) -- As at-risk Americans stand in long lines across the country, trying to get the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced they will modify dosing instructions for the shot to help stretch the supply.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that ins...

    Biden Tests Negative for COVID Again, Leaves Isolation

    After experiencing a case of COVID rebound late last month, President Joe Biden tested negative Saturday and Sunday and left the White House for his home state of Delaware.

    "He will safety return to public engagement and presidential travel," Biden's doctor, Kevin O'Connor wrote in a letter ...

    When Treating Cervical Lesions, Adding HPV Vaccine Could Further Curb Cancer Risk

    Most sexually active people will contract the human papillomavirus (HPV) during their lifetimes, and about 90% will clear it from their bodies. But some women are susceptible to the cervical lesions that infection brings, raising their risk for cervical cancer.

    Now, a new review finds it's possible that during surge...

    Australia's Current Flu Season Is Tough: Will America's Be the Same?

    As the worst flu season in five years winds down in Australia, U.S. health officials are bracing for similar severity this coming fall.

    Why? The flu season in Southern Hemisphere countries like Australia can often predict the potential for a similar experience in Northern Hemisphere countries.

    "We watch all of the South...

    Monoclonal Antibody Might Help Prevent Malaria

    Researchers are reporting early but encouraging findings on a potential new way to prevent malaria — an old foe that still ranks as a major killer worldwide.

    In a small trial of healthy volunteers, U.S. government researchers found that a lab-engineered antibody protected most participants from infect...

    COVID Rebound Not Limited to Those Who Took Paxlovid

    COVID rebound, which struck both President Joe Biden and White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci recently, doesn't just happen in those who take Paxlovid, a new study finds.

    Rebound symptoms were spotted in 27% of COVID-19 patients who hadn't taken the antiviral pill, ...

    In COVID 'Rebound,' Biden Tests Positive for 2nd Day in a Row

    President Joe Biden is back in isolation and has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second day in a row, as he experiences what is known as rebound after taking Paxlovid to treat his original infection.

    Biden, who had left isolation three days prior after testing negative, returned to the...

    Reformulated Booster Shots Ready by September, White House Says

    Americans could be getting updated COVID booster shots that can battle the newest Omicron variants as soon as mid-September.

    People close to deliberations say that the Biden administration plans to offer a booste...

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