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26 Nov
Could a Single Dose of the HPV Vaccine Be Enough?

Could a Single Dose of the HPV Vaccine Be Enough?

Women getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) now need two or three shots, but an African clinical trial suggests a single dose is just as effective.

The finding could speed up the immunization process in developing countries with high le...

25 Nov
COVID Protection Wanes After 2 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine: Study

COVID Protection Wanes After 2 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine: Study

Protection can gradually fade after a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech, which suggests that a booster shot might be necessary, researchers report.

They analyzed data from more than 80,000 adults in Israel, average age 44, who had no previous eviden...

24 Nov
Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

Republican lawmakers in several states are pushing vaccine mandate exemptions for workers who have so-called natural immunity due to a previous COVID-19 infection.

That's despite evidence that vaccination can reduce the risk of COVID-19 even for those with a history of i...

24 Nov
Boosters: What You Need to Know

Boosters: What You Need to Know

People will probably need regular booster shots for COVID-19 over the next few years to keep their immune systems on guard against a potentially deadly infection, an infectious disease expert says.

COVID mutations and high transmission rates in some parts of the country ...

23 Nov
U.S. COVID Cases, Hospitalizations on the Rise Just Before Thanksgiving

U.S. COVID Cases, Hospitalizations on the Rise Just Before Thanksgiving

TUESDAY, Nov. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials are imploring Americans to get vaccinated as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations start to climb just ahead of the holidays.

There's been an 18% increase in the United States' seven-day averag...

22 Nov
Booster Shots Prompt Stronger, Longer Protection Than Original Shots: Study

Booster Shots Prompt Stronger, Longer Protection Than Original Shots: Study

COVID-19 booster shots trigger much stronger and longer protection than full vaccination with two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to a small study.

It also found that the response to a booster is even greater in fully vaccinated people who have had inf...

19 Nov
Casi 1 de cada 3 empleados de los hospitales de EE. UU. sigue sin vacunarse

Casi 1 de cada 3 empleados de los hospitales de EE. UU. sigue sin vacunarse

Casi un tercio del personal de atención de la salud de los hospitales de EE. UU. no se habían vacunado contra la COVID-19 a mediados de septiembre, muestra un nuevo estudio.

Los investigadores analizaron los datos de más de 3.3 millones de trabajadores de la atención...

18 Nov
Nearly 10% of Younger Kids Have Gotten First COVID Vaccine Dose

Nearly 10% of Younger Kids Have Gotten First COVID Vaccine Dose

Almost 1 in 10 eligible U.S. children ages 5-11 have received a first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine since it was approved for that age group two weeks ago, the White House said Wednesday.

Of the 2.6 million doses put into kids' arms so far, 1.7 million were admi...

18 Nov
Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly a third of health care staff in U.S. hospitals were not vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-September, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.3 million health care workers at more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide between Jan. 20 and Sept. 15....

17 Nov
Trial Begins of Nasal Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease

Trial Begins of Nasal Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease

The first human clinical trial of a nasal vaccine to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease is set to begin after nearly 20 years of research.

This is a "remarkable milestone," according to Dr. Howard Weiner, co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Disea...

17 Nov
Most Older Adults Plan to Travel Soon, With Precautions: Poll

Most Older Adults Plan to Travel Soon, With Precautions: Poll

Nearly 1 in 3 older Americans plan an extended trip next year, and 1 in 4 plan to travel for the holidays, but many will take COVID-19 into account, a new survey shows.

If COVID cases surge at their destination, 20% said they would definitely change their plans, and anot...

16 Nov
Cases of Children's Severe COVID-Linked Illness Were Worse in Second Wave

Cases of Children's Severe COVID-Linked Illness Were Worse in Second Wave

A rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 in children was more severe in the second wave of patients than in the first, researchers report.

For the study, investigators examined the cases of 106 patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MI...

12 Nov
More Evidence That COVID Vaccines Are Safe for Cancer Patients

More Evidence That COVID Vaccines Are Safe for Cancer Patients

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for most cancer patients, a new study confirms.

Cancer patients have an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID because their immune systems have been weakened by their disease or treatments.

"We pursued this s...

11 Nov
Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

In a finding that suggests a family's income influences parents' views on COVID vaccines for their younger kids, a new survey shows the more money parents make, the likelier they are to get their kids a shot.

The poll of more than 2,000 parents found that 47% of those wi...

10 Nov
Nearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID Shot

Nearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID Shot

About 900,000 U.S. children aged 5 to 11 received their initial dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine during the first week of eligibility for that age group, the Biden administration said Wednesday.

Not only that, nearly 700,000 more are scheduled in the coming days, hea...

09 Nov
Biden Administration Presses Schools to Provide COVID Shots to Kids

Biden Administration Presses Schools to Provide COVID Shots to Kids

As new government data showed that 360,000 young kids have now gotten their first shot, the Biden administration on Monday asked schools to help by hosting vaccination clinics and providing information to parents on the benefit of the shots.

On Monday, First Lady Jill Bi...

08 Nov
Court Temporarily Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Big Businesses

Court Temporarily Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Big Businesses

MONDAY, Nov. 8, 2021 (Healthday News) -- The Biden administration's new coronavirus vaccine mandate for large businesses has been blocked by a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana.

In a petition filed Friday, a group of busi...

05 Nov
For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

Across the country, children ages 5 to 11 are lining up to get their first dose of Pfizer's newly approved COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.

Most kids fear needles, but a few simple steps can help your young one get their COVID-19 shots with the fewest tears shed, experts say....

04 Nov
Hepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Under 60

Hepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Under 60

All U.S. adults younger than 60 should be vaccinated against hepatitis B, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Wednesday.

Until now, the shots were recommended only for certain groups of adults, including prisoners, health care workers, internatio...

04 Nov
COVID Vaccine Spurs Good Response in People With Crohn's, Colitis

COVID Vaccine Spurs Good Response in People With Crohn's, Colitis

Here's some comforting news for people who struggle with inflammatory bowel disease and worry that the immune-suppressing drugs they must take might blunt their response to COVID-19 vaccines: New research finds vaccination triggers a strong immune reaction in these patients.

04 Nov
HPV Vaccination When Young Cuts Cervical Cancer Risk by 87%

HPV Vaccination When Young Cuts Cervical Cancer Risk by 87%

The sooner girls are vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), the lower their future risk of cervical cancer, a new study finds.

Compared to unvaccinated women, the risk of cervical cancer was 87% lower among those who received the bivalent vaccine Cervarix at ages...

02 Nov
CDC Panel Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Kids

CDC Panel Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the emergency use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in kids ages 5-11.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is widely expected to sign off on the recommenda...

02 Nov
We've Been Here Before: How Polio Vaccine Rollout Saved Millions of Young Lives

We've Been Here Before: How Polio Vaccine Rollout Saved Millions of Young Lives

An infection that can disable and kill stalks the land, but a brand-new vaccine offers hope that almost everyone, kids included, can evade it. After scientific testing, a nationwide rollout of the vaccine begins.

Sound familiar?

As the U.S. government gears up to...

01 Nov
Vaccinations for Kids Will Be in Full Swing by Nov. 8, White House Says

Vaccinations for Kids Will Be in Full Swing by Nov. 8, White House Says

The U.S. government's COVID-19 vaccination program for children ages 5-11 will be ready to roll on Nov. 8, the White House said Monday.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines for the 28 million American children who fall into this age group, b...

01 Nov
FDA Delays Decision on Moderna COVID Vaccine for Younger Teens

FDA Delays Decision on Moderna COVID Vaccine for Younger Teens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has delayed a decision on whether to approve emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds until at least January, the company announced Sunday.

That's because the agency told the company on Friday that it needs ...

29 Oct
FDA Approves Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11

FDA Approves Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the emergency use of a smaller dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, paving the way for 28 million kids across the country to get their shots.

These youngest Americans can now receive one-...

28 Oct
One Attitude Keeps Many From COVID Vaccine, Study Shows

One Attitude Keeps Many From COVID Vaccine, Study Shows

Why do some people refuse to get vaccinated or wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19? The biggest driver of that decision is a belief that the virus poses no threat to them, a new international study suggests.

The researchers said their findings could help guide e...

27 Oct
Immunocompromised May Need Fourth COVID Shot: CDC

Immunocompromised May Need Fourth COVID Shot: CDC

Severely immunocompromised people may require a fourth mRNA coronavirus shot, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The agency didn't provide an official recommendation about a fourth shot in its updated guidelines, but did say that people should talk...

26 Oct
Even a $25 Cash Card Can Motivate Some to Get Vaccinated

Even a $25 Cash Card Can Motivate Some to Get Vaccinated

Can offering small cash cards, say for $25, be the difference between someone choosing to get their COVID-19 vaccine or waiting?

Yes, according to a study in North Carolina that offered $25 cash cards to people who got vaccines last spring at sites in four participating ...

24 Oct
Pediatricians Offer Advice on Keeping Trick-or-Treaters Safe

Pediatricians Offer Advice on Keeping Trick-or-Treaters Safe

As COVID-19 continues to grip the United States, parents need to plan ahead to keep their children safe on Halloween, experts say.

Kids aged 12 and older are eligible for COVID shots, but many haven't been vaccinated. Those under 12 aren't yet eligible for vaccination.

21 Oct
Mandates, Not Recommendations, Work Best to Get Folks Vaccinated: Study

Mandates, Not Recommendations, Work Best to Get Folks Vaccinated: Study

Requiring COVID-19 shots for work, school or travel will boost vaccination rates without the backlash and mass walkouts that many have predicted, new research predicts.

The findings come as growing numbers of U.S. states, cities and private companies start to enforce COV...

18 Oct
Mix n' Match COVID Vaccine Strategy Works Well: Study

Mix n' Match COVID Vaccine Strategy Works Well: Study

Mixing and matching different types of COVID-19 vaccines is highly effective, new research shows.

The study found that protection against infection was stronger in people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and a second dose of an mRNA vaccine than in th...

15 Oct
Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

In some heartening news on the vaccine front, two-thirds of American parents of children ages 5 to 11 plan to get their youngsters vaccinated when COVID-19 shots are approved for that age group, a new survey shows.

"While we're encouraged to see that a majority of parent...

15 Oct
Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID Variants

Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID Variants

The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines protect against a number of coronavirus variants, including highly contagious Delta, another study confirms.

The findings come as breakthrough infections in vaccinated people raise questions about the vaccines' ability to protect aga...

06 Oct
WHO Approves First Malaria Vaccine, a Lifesaver for Children Worldwide

WHO Approves First Malaria Vaccine, a Lifesaver for Children Worldwide

The first vaccine to protect against malaria has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and could prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of children a year.

Malaria kills about half a million people worldwide annually. Nearly all of those deaths occur in s...

05 Oct
Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 for at Least 6 Months: Study

Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 for at Least 6 Months: Study

Full vaccination with the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been 90% effective in protecting against hospitalization for at least six months, a new study shows.

That includes the time during which the highly contagious Delta variant has been circulating in the Un...

30 Sep
CDC Pushes Hard on Vaccination for Pregnant Women in New Advisory

CDC Pushes Hard on Vaccination for Pregnant Women in New Advisory

The country's leading health agency on Wednesday implored all Americans who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant to get a coronavirus vaccine.

COVID-19 poses a serious risk to women who are expecting, since they are vulnerable because of pregnancy's...

29 Sep
Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

As millions of Americans sign up to get their Pfizer booster shot, a new government report delivers reassuring news about its expected side effects.

The study, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, evaluated the experiences of indiv...

27 Sep
You Think You Had COVID Before: Are You Really Immune Now?

You Think You Had COVID Before: Are You Really Immune Now?

It seems like common sense for people who've had COVID-19 to think they now have natural immunity, and therefore don't have to bother getting vaccinated.

Common sense, yes, but also incorrect, infectious disease doctors say.

Your case of COVID — especially if it ...

22 Sep
Antibodies to Early Strains of COVID May Not Fight New Variants: Study

Antibodies to Early Strains of COVID May Not Fight New Variants: Study

Antibodies from current COVID-19 vaccines don't bind well to the new variants of the virus, a study finds.

Researchers collected data from previously published papers about the sequence of antibodies produced by the vaccines. They focused on antibodies against the spike ...

16 Sep
White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

The White House has reached out to rapper Nicki Minaj over her concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, which she said had caused swollen testicles in a friend of her cousin in Trinidad.

A White House official said Minaj was offered a call with a doctor to address her questi...

16 Sep
Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

"The message from this study is clear — it is worthwhile for patients with MS re...

15 Sep
Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

During the next few weeks or months, you might find yourself dropping by the doctor's office or pharmacy to get your annual flu shot along with a dose of COVID vaccine.

Unfortunately, you'll have to get two individual jabs. Though at least two drug companies are working ...

14 Sep
Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Clinical Trial

Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Clinical Trial

An experimental Ebola vaccine appeared effective in children and adults in a clinical trial.

Two doses of Johnson & Johnson's Ebola vaccine appear safe, well tolerated and produce a strong immune response in people over the age of 1,

13 Sep
Data Doesn't Support Need for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: Experts

Data Doesn't Support Need for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: Experts

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots might not be needed for most people, according to a large international review.

The review -- conducted by a team that included scientists from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- concluded that curre...

13 Sep
Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

There's more sobering news for anyone still unvaccinated against the new coronavirus: Your odds of dying from COVID-19 are 11-fold higher than someone who's fully immunized, new research shows.

The data comes from one of three studies published Friday by the U.S. Centers...

13 Sep
COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

Fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than expected will be available through the global COVAX program, affecting many less-affluent nations waiting on these doses.

The United Nations forecast last week that it would have about 25% fewer vaccines to distribute through COVAX this ...

10 Sep
Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

With tens of millions of Americans now vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of August, so-called "breakthrough" cases are bound to occur. But there's reassuring news from new data: Most such cases are mild and those leading to hospitalization are exceedingly rare.

Ove...

10 Sep
Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

When you got your first COVID-19 jab, did you breathe a sigh of relief? If so, you're not alone.

U.S. adults who got the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 experienced a 4% reduction in their risk of being mildly depressed and a 15% drop in their risk of severe...

08 Sep
In Cancer Patients, COVID Vaccine Immunity at 6 Months Is Similar to General Population

In Cancer Patients, COVID Vaccine Immunity at 6 Months Is Similar to General Population

Cancer patients who get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appear to maintain the same levels of antibodies as people without cancer, Israeli researchers report.

They compared the rate of COVID infections after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) among 154 patient...