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NYC First to Offer Paxlovid at COVID Testing Sites

New York City's Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday that the city has launched the first-of-their-kind mobile COVID-19 testing units that will also dispense the antiviral drug Paxlovid to those who test positive for the v...

Politics Big Factor in Folks' Decision to Get Boosters

Who you voted for at the ballot box may have the most influence over whether you've gotten a COVID-19 booster shot.

Researchers studying vaccine hesitancy two years into the pandemic

FDA Tells Vaccine Makers to Update Boosters to Target Omicron Subvariants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has asked vaccine makers to update their COVID-19 booster shots to target the Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5.

The two highly contagious subvariants now account for more than half of all new COVID cases in the United States...

Fauci Has 'Rebound' COVID After Paxlovid, But Says Drug Kept Him Out of the Hospital

After being infected with COVID-19 earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci experienced a rebound after taking the antiviral pill Paxlovid, but he maintained on Wednesday that the drug kept him out of the hospital.

"Paxlovid did...

U.S. Orders 105 Million More Pfizer Shots for Fall Booster Campaign

Anticipating a surge in booster shots this fall, the U.S. government said Wednesday that it is buying an added 105 million more doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The $3.2 billion deal comes at a time when the government is trying to figure out the best way to update COVID vaccines to dea...

What's the Best Timing for COVID Shots in Pregnancy?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can help protect both mother and baby.

But does it matter which vaccine or at what stage of pregnancy a woman receives her shots? New research suggests it does, and that getting immunized earlier in pregnancy may be better.

In t...

Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A yearly flu shot may do more than protect you from a nasty bout of influenza: New research suggests it may help guard against Alzheimer’s disease as well.

People who were vaccinated at least once over four years were 40% less likely to develop

FDA Panel Supports Rollout of Tweaked Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer This Fall

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants.

Because the virus mutates so quickly, the FDA may approve the new vaccine formulations, since COVID-19 cases are expected to surge again this winter. Tuesday's advisory panel approval speeds the p...

FDA Panel to Weigh Improved Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will vote on Tuesday whether to recommend that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highl...

Pfizer Has Two Updated Booster Shots to Help Fight Omicron

MONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Pfizer Inc. announced Saturday that it has two possible candidates that beat back Omicron infection more effectively than its original vaccine.

The news follows Moderna's

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  • June 27, 2022
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  • Babies, Toddlers & the COVID Shot: An Expert Answers Your Questions

    MONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) – After a very long wait, babies, toddlers and preschoolers can now get COVID-19 shots.

    Many parents may feel relief, but some may also have questions. Dr. Jessica Ericson, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa., offers some answers to help parents weigh the benefits of

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  • June 27, 2022
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  • COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home Residents

    Getting a COVID-19 booster shot can significantly increase an at-risk person's immunity and protect against the contagious Omicron variant.

    New research focusing on nursing home residents and their caregivers found a third dose of vaccine boosted antibodies by more than 85%...

    NYC Opens First Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic in U.S.

    On Thursday, New York City became the first U.S. city to start offering the monkeypox vaccine to those at high risk for the disease.

    The announcement follows similar ones issued from the United Kingdom and Canada. Although most cases of the disease have been reported among gay and...

    CDC Panel Backs Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6-17

    An expert panel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be approved for kids between the ages of 6 and 17.

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) endorsed the shots after hearing the latest evidence on the vaccine's effectiveness, along with safety data on a rare heart condition ...

    COVID Vaccines Saved 20 Million Lives Worldwide in First Year

    Nearly two-thirds of the world's population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine, which has prevented nearly 20 million deaths, new research finds.

    The study from Imperial College London was the first to quantify

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  • June 24, 2022
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  • Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents to Get Youngest Kids Vaccinated Against COVID

    Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids under age 5, a leading medical group urges parents to discuss it with their health care provider.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that parents ask their children's doctor or other clinician any questions they may have and learn how they can get the shots. One-on-one conversations with doctors who know their kids are ...

    CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

    A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel on Wednesday voted to recommend that Americans 65 and older get the new, more potent flu shots because the regular shot doesn't offer enough protection.


    Britain Investigates Possible Presence of Poliovirus in London

    FRIDAY, May 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Health authorities in Britain, who routinely test sewage samples for the virus that causes polio, declared a "national incident" after evidence of local spread was found in London sewers.

    Moderna Says Omicron-Specific Booster Should Be Ready by August

    THURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Moderna Inc. announced Wednesday that the revamped COVID booster shot it has developed to fight Omicron and its subvariants should be ready for public use by August.

    The company has been making shots of the vaccine, called mRNA-1273.214, before getting regu...

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    • June 23, 2022
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    CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in Florida

    One of the worst meningitis outbreaks in U.S. history has prompted public health officials to urge gay and bisexual men who live in Florida or plan to visit the state to get vaccinated right away.

    Twenty-four cases of meningitis (

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 22, 2022
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  • U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

    WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More and more of America's teens are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), new research indicates.

    Between 2015 and 2020,

    With CDC Approval, COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Ready for Delivery

    After a final sign-off on Saturday from the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 have finally become a reality.

    "This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for vaccination," the agency said in a

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  • June 20, 2022
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  • Fauci Tests Positive for COVID, Has Mild Symptoms

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, has tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced Wednesday.

    The 81-year-old director of NIAID tested positive on a rapid antigen test and has mild symptoms, the agency said in a

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  • June 16, 2022
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  • Flu Shots Lag in States With Low COVID Vaccine Uptake

    Adult flu shots have slumped in states with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, suggesting that COVID-19 vaccination behavior may have spilled over to flu-vaccine behavior, new research indicates.

    University of California, Los Angeles researchers point to declining trust in public health agencies caused by controversy over

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  • June 16, 2022
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  • FDA Panel Backs Pfizer, Moderna Shots for Kids 5 and Under

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend the emergency use of both the Pfizer and

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 15, 2022
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  • FDA Advisors Back Moderna Shot for Older Children, Teens

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

    Despite the unanimous support, some panel members worried that trials of the vaccine were conducted before the emergence of the

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  • June 15, 2022
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  • FDA Panel to Weigh Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6 to 17

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel will decide on Tuesday whether to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

    The panel will

    Pfizer, Moderna COVID Shots Work for Kids Under 5, FDA Says

    Antibody levels suggest that three doses of Pfizer's pediatric COVID vaccine help guard children under 5 against infection, a new analysis from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows.

    It was posted online Sunday ahead of an FDA advisory panel meeting scheduled for Wednesday. On that day, the panel will weigh whet...

    Millions of COVID Shots Ready for Kids Under 5: White House

    Pharmacies and states have ordered millions of doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for children younger than 5 in advance of possible U.S. authorization of the shots next week, the Biden administration said Thursday.

    Senior officials said that 5 million doses -- half from Pfizer and half from Moderna -- are initially available, and states and pharmacies were given the green lig...

    Unvaccinated People With Heart Failure Face Triple the Odds of Fatal COVID

    Heart failure patients who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 have a three times higher risk of death if they get the disease than those who are fully vaccinated and have received one booster, new research shows.

    The findings are crucial because many heart fa...

    Two New Omicron Subvariants Gain Ground in U.S.

    The Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are spreading rapidly in the United States, but it's not yet clear if they'll trigger a new wave of infections or a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, experts say.

    The subvariants now account for 13% of new coronavirus cases nationwide, compared wi...

    COVID Breakthrough Infections More Likely in People Living With HIV

    WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Even after vaccination, living with HIV ups the odds for COVID infection, new research shows.

    The study found that vaccinated people living with HIV have a 28% higher risk of developing a "breakthrough" COVID infection compared to those who don't have the AIDS-causing virus.

    That’s the bad news. But there's good news,...

    Moderna Says Updated Vaccine Tackles Omicron

    Moderna announced Wednesday that its updated COVID-19 booster shot does a better job at thwarting the Omicron variant than the original version does.

    "We are thrilled to share the preliminary data analysis on mRNA-1273.214, which is the second demonstration of superiority of our bivalent booster platform against variants of concern and represents an innovation in the fight against COVID,"...

    FDA Advisors Back Novavax COVID Shot

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended that Novavax's COVID-19 shots be added to the vaccine arsenal that Americans have at their disposal.

    Twenty-one panel members voted to approve the vaccine, while one person abstained. Next, the FDA will have to decide whether to authorize the shot for emergency use, which would make it the fourth coronavirus...

    FDA Panel to Decide on Novavax COVID Vaccine

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel will weigh whether to recommend the emergency use of Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

    The decision will be based on

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  • June 7, 2022
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  • COVID Shots Coming for Kids Under 5 in June: White House

    Children under the age of 5 may be able to get their first COVID vaccinations as early as June 21, the White House said Thursday.

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet

    How Many Days Do COVID Antibodies Stick Around?

    Adults who get COVID-19 could have antibodies circulating in their blood for nearly 500 days after infection, new research suggests.

    "We now have a good estimate of how long antibodies last after a COVID-19 infection," said study author Michael Swartz, an associate professor and vice chair of biostatistics at th...

    COVID Vaccine a Key Factor in Decisions Around Surgery

    Vaccination played a crucial role when Americans were deciding whether to have surgery during the pandemic, a new study finds.

    "It's critical to understand what factors affect a patient's decision to have surgery during an infectious pandemic if we want to help reduce deaths and illness. These factor...

    Pfizer Asks FDA to OK COVID Vaccine for Youngest Kids

    Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under the age of 5.

    The company said in a statement that it has provided the agency with data from a phase 2/3 trial that in...

    It's the Number of COVID Shots You Get, Not Combination, That Brings Immune Boost

    The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received — not the combinations — is the key to strengthening your immune system to protect against different variants of the coronavirus, including Omicron, a new study suggests.

    A team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong also determined that a third shot — a booster dose — is needed to prevent infection by the

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  • June 2, 2022
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  • Prior COVID Won't Shield Kids From Omicron, But Vaccine Might

    Children who have had COVID-19 aren't protected against the Omicron variant, but vaccination does cut their chances of infection, a new study shows.

    "I hear parents say, 'Oh, my kid had COVID last year,'" said senior study co-author Dr. Adrienne Randolph, from Boston Children's Hospital....

    Vaccines Don't Shield Against Long COVID, But May Ease Symptoms

    Vaccinated people who experience a breakthrough case of COVID-19 are at risk for developing long-haul symptoms, though they are better protected against some of the worst ones, new data show.

    Compared to the unvaccinated, people who had COVID shots had a 15% lower risk of developing long COVID symptoms after a

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  • May 25, 2022
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  • Most COVID Long-Haulers Still Having Symptoms 15 Months Later

    Many COVID-19 patients who didn't wind up in the hospital continue to battle lingering health issues more than a year later, a new study finds.

    These long-haulers continue to suffer neurologic symptoms, fatigue and a compromised quality of life long after their initial infection.

    "We were surprised by the persistence of most of the debilitating neurologic symptoms of our patients, ...

    Cancer Patients Have Even Greater Need for COVID Boosters: Study

    Cancer patients continue to face more risk from COVID-19, even if they've been vaccinated.

    Although vaccination is effective for most people who have cancer (even though they're immunocompromised by the disease and their cancer treatments), its effectiveness wanes more rapidly in this group, by three to six months compared to the general population, new research shows.

    The U....

    3-Dose Pfizer COVID Vaccine Spurs Strong Response in Youngest Kids

    Pfizer/BioNTech says a three-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine appears to provoke a strong immune response in the youngest age group of children — those aged 6 months to 5 years.

    This is the only age group not yet approved for COVID-19 vaccination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to CNN, Pfizer said it plans to submit its new data to the agency this week.<...

    Repeat Infections With COVID-19 May Become the Norm

    COVID-19 might be easing into a new status as a widely circulating and somewhat harsher version of the common cold, experts say — a virus that folks could contract repeatedly, even if they were recently infected.

    "[SARS-CoV-2] is destined to join four of its family members and become an endemic coronav...

    CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

    The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, and follows on authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday..

    The third ...

    Getting Vaccine After Infection Might Curb Long COVID

    Getting a COVID-19 shot after you've been infected could reduce your risk of developing prolonged COVID symptoms, or so-called long COVID, according to a new study.

    "Our results suggest that vaccination of people previously infected may be associated with a reduction in the burden of long COVI...

    FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

    A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.

    The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the FDA said. Its action, which now goes to the U.S.

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  • May 17, 2022
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