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FDA to Add Warning to Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines About Rare Heart Issues in Young

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it will add a warning to the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines about mild, rare cases of heart inflammation seen in some teens and young adults following vaccination.

The news came after a meeting of an advisory panel to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, where experts said the data suggests a "likely as...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 24, 2021
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Study Suggests COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Will Be Needed

One dose of a two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is enough to protect previously infected people, but it's likely they and everyone with two doses will still require booster shots at a later date, a new study suggests.

That's because antibodies triggered through either natural infection or vaccines decline at about the same rate, the University of California, Los Angeles researchers explained...

Rash, Itch After COVID Vaccine Rare & Quickly Resolves

Rashes, itchiness and other skin problems can develop after people receive COVID-19 vaccines, but such problems are rare and go away quickly, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers looked at more than 40,000 employees of a Boston hospital system who received two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) and completed at least one symptom survey after...

White House Says July 4 Vaccination Goal Won't Be Met

As vaccination rates among young Americans lag, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday that it will miss two key benchmarks in its nationwide campaign to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The first missed goal will be vaccinating 70% of all American adults with at least one shot by July 4, but officials stressed that threshold has been reached for those aged 30 and older and it should...

CDC Advisers to Discuss Heart Problems in the Young After COVID Vaccination

Rare heart problems in young people who've received the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be discussed Wednesday at a meeting of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers.

As of May 31, 216 people had been diagnosed with myocarditis or pericarditis after one dose of either vaccine, and 573 after the second dose. Most cases were mild, but 15 patients were still ...

COVID Deaths Drop to New Lows in U.S., While Vaccination Rates Climb

The United States reached two promising pandemic milestones on Monday: COVID-19 deaths dropped below 300 a day and 150 million Americans are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in America in 2020, behind only heart disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But as the pandemic loosens its grip on this country, it h...

Low Vaccination Rates for Seniors in 11 States a 'Powder Keg' for New Cases

U.S. health experts warn there is a ticking time bomb in 11 states where 20 percent or more of seniors still haven't gotten a COVID-19 vaccine.

Top priority for vaccinations was given to Americans aged 65 and older because they are far more vulnerable to serious illness and death from the virus than younger people are. Accordingly, this age group does have the highest rate of vaccina...

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: Study

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines pose no threat to male fertility, a finding experts hope will prompt more men to get vaccinated.

Researchers noted that the original clinical trials of the two mRNA vaccines didn't assess how they might affect fertility.

"Vaccine hesitancy is a barrier to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe some of that hesitancy is due to public opinio...

U.S. ​COVID Death Toll Tops 600,000

The U.S. coronavirus death toll topped 600,000 on Wednesday, even as the country's vaccination campaign is finally curbing the spread of COVID-19.

"We've made enormous progress in the United States. Much of the country is returning to normal, and our economic growth is leading the world, and the number of cases and deaths are dropping dramatically. But there's still too many lives be...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 16, 2021
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Pandemic Silver Lining: Fewer Dangerous Flare-Ups for COPD Patients

Public health precautions meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 may have had an unintended but happy side effect.

They may also have benefited individuals who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study.

During the pandemic, admissions for COPD flare-ups dropped dramatically -- by 53% -- at University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) hospitals.

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Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Boosts Protection in Transplant Recipients

Researchers say an extra dose of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines may improve immune system protection for organ transplant patients, a group that's so far responded poorly to two-dose vaccines.

"Our findings suggest clinical trials are warranted to determine if transplant recipients should receive COVID-19 vaccine booster doses as standard clinical practice, similar to what is currently done w...

Almost All U.S. Physicians Have Gotten a COVID Vaccine

While COVID-19 vaccination rates may lag among some groups, that's not the case for practicing physicians in the United States.

More than 96% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with no significant difference in vaccination rates across regions, according to a new survey from the American Medical Association (AMA).

Even among the 4% not yet vaccinated, 45% said they do plan to g...

Good News, Bad News From Alzheimer's Vaccine Trial

An experimental Alzheimer's vaccine appears to safely clear abnormal tau protein from the brain, but it's not yet clear whether the shot will be able to save brain function.

In a Phase 2 clinical trial, the vaccine produced high levels of antibodies to target and attack free-floating tau proteins before they can form "tau tangles" that clog neurons and damage brain function. Tau tangles, ...

Novavax's COVID Vaccine Shines in Latest Trial

Novavax, a Maryland biotechnology company that has struggled mightily with delays in developing its coronavirus vaccine, announced Monday that its two-shot regimen was over 90% effective overall in a trial that unfolded even as more contagious variants emerged.

Among 30,000 volunteers - all of them from either the United States or Mexico - vaccinated people were completely protected ...

Babies Produce Strong Immune Response to Ward Off COVID-19: Study

British researchers report that babies have a strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19, based on a new, small study.

For the research, the investigators assessed the immune systems of four infants under 3 months of age who had recovered from COVID, and compared them with adults who also had recovered from the disease.

Compared to adults, the babies produced relative...

There Are Many Good Reasons for Kids to Get the COVID Vaccine

Parents need to know that COVID-19 shots are safe and effective for kids age 12 and older, an expert says.

While the Pfizer vaccine is approved in the United States for emergency use in this age group, parents may need reassurance, said Dr. Jessica Ericson, an infectious disease pediatrician at Penn State Health Children's Hospital in Hershey.

"The vaccines went through rigorous stu...

Obesity Could Raise Odds for 'Long-Haul' COVID Symptoms

If you're obese, you're far more likely to have long-lasting health issues if you get COVID-19 and survive, a new study warns.

You are more likely than patients who aren't obese to be hospitalized. You're more likely wind up in the intensive care unit, need to be put on a ventilator and suffer from long-haul COVID than patients who aren't obese, researchers reported.

"About 40% of C...

Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic.

Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who've gotten the jab need booster shots to maintain their protection?

It's an important question, as waning immunity in the ...

Expiration Dates on Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Extended

U.S. regulators have extended the expiration date on millions of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses by six weeks, the company announced Thursday.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration review concluded the shots remain safe and effective for at least 4 1/2 months, J&J said in a statement. In February, the FDA first authorized the vaccine for up to three months when stored at no...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 11, 2021
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US to Send 500 Million COVID Vaccine Doses to Countries Desperate for Shots

The United States plans to purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine that it will then donate to countries in need around the world.

The first 200 million doses will be sent out this year, with 300 million more shared in the first half of next year, three people familiar with the plan told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

COVAX, the World Health Organizati...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 10, 2021
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New Treatment Fights Rare Cases of Vaccine-Linked Blood Clots

Very rarely, blood clots can develop after COVID-19 vaccination, and doctors in Canada describe a new test and treatment for the condition in a case study of three patients.

All three developed the condition called vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Two developed blood clots in their legs, and the third had blood clo...

COVID Vaccines Appear Safe for People With IBD

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe for people with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), a new study finds.

IBDs -- which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- are chronic conditions caused by an overreactive intestinal immune system, resulting in chronic diarrhea and other digestive symptoms.

In this study, researchers looked at 246 adult IBD patie...

AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine Tied to Rare Cases of Low Blood Platelets

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine may be linked with rare cases of low blood platelet levels, a new study suggests.

Platelets are blood cells that help prevent blood loss when vessels are damaged. Low platelet levels may cause no symptoms, but they can lead to an increased risk of bleeding or clotting.

Researchers analyzed data from 5.4 million people in Scotland, including 2.5 milli...

Vaccinations More Urgent as Variant That Crippled India Shows Up in the U.S.

The highly contagious coronavirus variant that brought India to its knees this spring now accounts for 6 percent of new cases in the United States, the Biden administration said Tuesday.

Luckily, vaccines appear to work well against this version of the virus, which has spread like wildfire in Great Britain and threatens a full reopening of that country.

"It's essentially taking over...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 9, 2021
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Not Ready for Post-Pandemic Mingling? Expert Offers Tips to Ease Anxiety

While some people may be ready and eager to reconnect with family and friends at social gatherings post-pandemic, it's OK to feel apprehensive.

As restrictions loosen because infection rates are plummeting and more people are getting vaccinated, many people are experiencing feelings that they didn't expect -- such as anxiety about returning to social situations, according to a psych servi...

Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

A real-world study shows that even when folks who get the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do have 'breakthrough' infections, those illnesses are mild.

The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is among the first to show that people who get COVID-19 despite being fully or partially vaccinated are less likely to have serious illness or to infec...

'Breakthrough' COVID Infections May Be Common in Vaccinated Transplant Patients

New research suggests that many people who've undergone an organ transplant do not get an immune response from COVID-19 vaccines that's strong enough to ward off a "breakthrough" infection.

In a new review of 14 such cases, these breakthrough COVID-19 infections occurred in 10 recipients of new kidneys, two liver recipients, one lung recipient and one heart recipient, said a research team...

Declining Vaccination Rates Threaten Biden's July 4 Goal

Plunging vaccination rates are imperiling President Joe Biden's goal of getting COVID shots into the arms of at least 70% of American adults by July 4, while public health experts worry that Southern states, where immunization numbers are the lowest, could see a spike in cases over the summer.

The United States is averaging fewer than 1 million shots per day, a decline of more than t...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 7, 2021
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Teens: You Got Your COVID Vaccine, What Now?

U.S. teens are getting their COVID shots -- how does that change their daily lives?

Besides letting teens resume many of their normal activities, U.S. authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12 is crucial to slowing the spread of the coronavirus, one expert says.

"We know that teenagers can not only get COVID-19 but they can also transmit the virus,"...

White House Lists Countries Getting First Batch of Extra COVID Vaccines

An initial 25 million doses of coronavirus vaccines will be sent out this month to a "wide range of countries" in Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa, along with the Palestinian territories, war-ravaged Gaza and the West Bank, the White House announced Thursday.

The doses are the first of 80 million that President Joe Biden has promised to send overseas by the end of J...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 4, 2021
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Biden Announces New Vaccination Incentives

In an effort to convince hesitant Americans to get their COVID-19 shots, President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a host of new vaccination perks from a private-sector initiative.

"For all the progress we're making as a country, if you are unvaccinated, you are still at risk of getting seriously ill or dying or spreading disease to others, especially when Americans spend more time ...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 3, 2021
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NIH Starts Trial Assessing 'Mix & Match' COVID Vaccine Approach

Moderna plus Pfizer? J&J plus Moderna? There's a new clinical trial underway to assess the safety and effectiveness of mixing different types of booster shots in adults who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Although the vaccines currently authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer strong protection against COVID-19, we need to prepare for the possibility of ne...

As Teen He Made News Opposing Anti-Vax Mom. Now, He's Urging COVID Shots for Youth

Ethan Lindenberger knows what it's like when you have anti-vaxxer parents: At 18, he gained national notoriety when he sought vaccines in defiance of his mother's fervent wishes.

Now, the 20-year-old has some advice for teens facing a similar dilemma posed by the pandemic -- how to convince their anti-vaxxer parents to let them get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer shot is now FDA--a...

U.S. Set to Send Millions of COVID Vaccines to Countries in Need

The United States will soon be sending millions of coronavirus vaccine doses around the world, including Latin America, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Tuesday.

Still, exactly where those doses will go and when they will be delivered to countries that desperately need them was still unclear.

"Sometime in the next week to two weeks, we will be announcing the process by w...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • June 2, 2021
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Long-Haul COVID Symptoms? Getting Vaccine Won't Make You Feel Worse, Study Finds

COVID survivors can relax when it comes to vaccination: A new study shows that getting immunized will not worsen any symptoms that linger long after infection, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue and insomnia.

The encouraging takeaway is based on a small analysis that looked at how 44 "long-haul" British COVID patients fared after being inoculated with the first dose of either the Pfi...

Americans on the Move as Post-Pandemic Life Begins

Americans flocked to beaches, parks and stadiums over Memorial Day weekend, as new coronavirus cases dropped to levels not seen since March 2020.

With more than 40% of the country fully vaccinated and the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases falling to about 12,000 per day, Americans showed they were eager to embrace post-pandemic life.

The Indianapolis 500 became the larges...

Immunity After COVID-19 Illness May Last at Least 1 Year

Long-term data from northern Italy -- an area hit hard during the early days of the pandemic -- suggests that reinfection after recovery from COVID-19 infection is very rare, and immunity in former patients could be long-lasting.

"Natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2 appears to confer a protective effect for at least a year, which is similar to the protection reported in recent vaccine studies,...

Debunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for Teens

Many health experts hailed the recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those aged 12 to 15, but some parents have been hesitant to take their kids in for a shot.

"Parents naturally worry more about their children than they do about themselves -- I think that's parenting defined," said Dr. Hina Talib, a pediatrician and adolescent health specialist at the Children's Hospital at Montefior...

Poll Finds Herd Immunity in U.S. Possible by Summer

Seventy percent of American adults could be vaccinated by this summer, a new poll suggests.

The survey results bode well for the country and likely mean that President Joe Biden's goal of 70 percent vaccine coverage for adults by July 4 will be reached.

The Kaiser Family Foundation's latest survey found 62 percent of respondents said they had received at least one dose of a vac...

Another Study Finds Routine Vaccines Safe for Kids, Adults

If more proof of the safety of vaccines is needed, a new study delivers fresh evidence that they carry few harms for children, adults and pregnant women.

"This in-depth analysis found no evidence of increased risk of serious adverse events following vaccines, apart from a few - previously known - associations," said Susanne Hempel, director of the Southern California Evidence Review Cente...

Common Immune Drug Methotrexate May Hamper Response to COVID-19 Vaccine

A widely used medicine for autoimmune diseases may lower people's immune response to the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, a new study suggests.

The drug, called methotrexate, is often given to patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis.

"Our findings suggest that different strategies may need to be explored in pa...

U.S. Officials Say 50% of American Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated

Half of America's adults are now fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus, U.S. officials announced Tuesday.

"This is a major milestone in our country's vaccination efforts," White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said during a White House media briefing, noting that only 1% of Americans were vaccinated when President Joe Biden entered office in January.

Slavitt ...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • May 26, 2021
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'Breakthrough' COVID Infections After Vaccination Are Rare: CDC

Comedian and commentator Bill Maher recently made news of his own when he contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

But such breakthrough COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated are rare, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigations Team.

Nearly 10,300 SARS-CoV-2 infections have occurred in v...

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Highly Effective in Kids 12 and Older

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine fully protects children aged 12 to 17, the company announced Tuesday.

In a clinical trial that included more than 3,700 young volunteers, there were no cases of symptomatic COVID-19 infection in the two-thirds of participants who received both doses of the vaccine, which translates into an efficacy rate of 100%.

That's the same rate that was reported re...

U.S. Issues Tough Travel Warnings for Japan Ahead of Olympics

U.S. officials on Monday warned all Americans not to visit Japan because of a spike in coronavirus cases there just two months before the Tokyo Olympics are set to start.

The travel advisories, one issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one that came from the U.S. State Department, don't ban Americans from visiting Japan, but they could trigger higher trave...

Heart Issue Spotted in a Few Young COVID Vaccine Recipients; Experts Say Shots Still Needed

A small number of teens and young adults have experienced heart inflammation after receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said that it has received "relatively few" reports of the condition, known as myocarditis, among younger people who rece...

U.S. COVID Infections, Deaths Drop to Levels Not Seen Since Last Summer

Fewer than 30,000 new coronavirus cases are now being reported daily in the United States, with deaths as low as they have been since last June.

Infection and death rates are dropping dramatically as nearly 50 percent of Americans have now received at least one vaccine shot, The New York Times reported.

"I think by June, we're probably going to be at one infection per ...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • May 24, 2021
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16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald Says

Leslie Maier lost her son, Chris, to meningococcal meningitis more than 15 years ago, but by telling his story she hopes to educate other parents about this rare but potentially deadly illness that a vaccine can prevent.

Soon after Chris passed away in 2005, Maier joined the board of the National Meningitis Foundation. Now she leads the foundation's new initiative, called the 16 Vaccine c...

Approved Vaccines 'Respond' to All COVID Variants So Far: WHO

Vaccines approved for use in the United States and Europe show protection against all of the more infectious coronavirus variants known to be circling the globe, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

"All COVID-19 virus variants can be controlled in the same way, with public health and social measures," European Regional Director Hans Kluge said during a media briefing, CB...

  • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • May 21, 2021
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Many Americans Take Meds That Weaken COVID Vaccine Response

A small but significant percentage of Americans take medications that can hamper their immune system and its response to COVID-19 vaccines, researchers say.

Their analysis of data from more than 3 million adults under 65 with private insurance found that nearly 3% take immunosuppressive drugs. Those include chemotherapy medications and steroids such as prednisone.

Two-thirds took an...

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