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15 Jun
Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Boosts Protection in Transplant Recipients

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 rec...

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

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 c...

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

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...

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

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 ...

11 Jun
Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

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 gott...

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

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...

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

'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...

04 Jun
Teens: You Got Your COVID Vaccine, What Now?

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 coronavir...

04 Jun
Prior COVID Infection May Shield You From Another for at Least 10 Months

Prior COVID Infection May Shield You From Another for at Least 10 Months

In some good news for those who have already suffered through a bout of COVID-19, a new study finds they may have a much lower risk of reinfection for at least 10 months.

For the study, the researchers analyzed rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections between October 2020 and Febr...

02 Jun
NIH Starts Trial Assessing 'Mix & Match' COVID Vaccine Approach

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 ...

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

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 pandemi...

28 May
Debunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for Teens

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 parentin...

28 May
Another Study Finds Routine Vaccines Safe for Kids, Adults

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 ...

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

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 arthriti...

20 May
Many Americans Take Meds That Weaken COVID Vaccine Response

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 i...

14 May
Dialysis Patients Have Weaker Response to COVID Vaccine: Study

Dialysis Patients Have Weaker Response to COVID Vaccine: Study

A single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine isn't enough to develop adequate antibodies in kidney dialysis patients, Canadian researchers report.

"We advise that the second dose of the [Pfizer] vaccine be administered to patients receiving hemodialysis at the recommended 3-week ...

14 May
Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

Two Out of Three California Prison Inmates Said Yes to COVID Vaccine

Sixty-seven percent of inmates in California prisons who were offered a COVID-19 vaccine have accepted at least one dose, a Stanford University study found.

"This is one of the largest state prison systems in the country, and if it can achieve high vaccination coverage a...

06 May
Israel Study: Pfizer Vaccine Gives 95% Protection Against Illness, Hospitalization & Death

Israel Study: Pfizer Vaccine Gives 95% Protection Against Illness, Hospitalization & Death

Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provide a high level of protection for populations, a new study shows.

The findings from Israel -- the first nation to report national data on the vaccine -- show that two doses provide more than 95% protection for people...

05 May
U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

The United States could see a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases by the end of July, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Six research teams asked to project future COVID-19 trends have concluded that new infections will drasti...

04 May
Not Just About Antibodies: Why mRNA COVID Vaccines May Shield From Variants

Not Just About Antibodies: Why mRNA COVID Vaccines May Shield From Variants

Two widely used COVID-19 vaccines -- Pfizer and Moderna -- will likely remain powerfully protective against developing serious illness even if coronavirus variants somehow manage to infect vaccinated patients, new research suggests.

Both vaccines are based on messenger R...

30 Apr
Needle Anxiety Behind J&J COVID Vaccine Reaction Clusters: Study

Needle Anxiety Behind J&J COVID Vaccine Reaction Clusters: Study

Anxiety was the cause of 64 vaccine reactions, including fainting, in people who got the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in early April at sites in five states, a new study finds.

Researchers led by Anne Hause of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

30 Apr
1 in 5 Patients on Kidney Dialysis Say No to COVID-19 Vaccine: Study

1 in 5 Patients on Kidney Dialysis Say No to COVID-19 Vaccine: Study

About 20% of Americans on kidney dialysis are reluctant to get a COVID-19 shot, according to a new study.

Kidney failure patients on dialysis are at increased risk for COVID-related complications that could lead to hospitalization and death, so it's important for them to...

29 Apr
Poll Reveals Who's Most Vaccine-Hesitant in America and Why

Poll Reveals Who's Most Vaccine-Hesitant in America and Why

U.S. resistance to getting a COVID-19 vaccine is slowly diminishing, a new online survey finds, but it still exists and at especially rates in some blue-collar jobs.

For adults under age 65 who are hesitant, reluctance is mainly driven by concerns about safety, side effe...

28 Apr
Pfizer/Moderna Vaccine Protection: 64% at First Dose, 94% at Second

Pfizer/Moderna Vaccine Protection: 64% at First Dose, 94% at Second

There's some sobering news for the millions of Americans who skipped their second coronavirus vaccine dose: Doing so could greatly reduce their odds of avoiding severe illness.

In a "real-world" study of 417 adults aged 65 or older who got either the Pfizer or Moderna tw...

26 Apr
Is a Cheap 'Universal' Coronavirus Vaccine on the Way?

Is a Cheap 'Universal' Coronavirus Vaccine on the Way?

An experimental COVID-19 vaccine could potentially provide universal protection against future COVID variants as well as other coronaviruses -- maybe even the ones responsible for the common cold. And it's dirt cheap -- less than $1 a dose, researchers say.

The vaccine t...

22 Apr
They're on the Frontlines of the U.S. Vaccine Rollout

They're on the Frontlines of the U.S. Vaccine Rollout

THURSDAY, April 22, 2021 (HeathDay News) -- April 16 was the first day that any Californian aged 16 or older became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

And at a bustling vaccination center in Pomona, Calif., 16-year-old Ashley Madera was in line to get her first dose ...

15 Apr
Rashes Can Occur After COVID Vaccine, But Dermatologists Say 'Don't Worry'

Rashes Can Occur After COVID Vaccine, But Dermatologists Say 'Don't Worry'

Dermatologists liken skin to a window that can reveal what is going on inside the body, and a rash that sometimes follows a COVID-19 vaccine is one example.

When you get the shot, your immune system activates, preparing to recognize and fight off the virus in the future....

15 Apr
Most Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

Most Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

Many American teens and young adults are now embracing the chance to get COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey finds.

But youth-focused messaging will still be needed to convince a minority of those aged 14 to 24 that they should be vaccinated, the University of Michigan resea...

12 Apr
Had Facial Fillers? What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines

Had Facial Fillers? What You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines

Once you've landed that coveted coronavirus vaccine appointment, you'll likely have to fill out a form on your medical history and whether you're allergic to any of the vaccine's ingredients. But there could be another question waiting for you: Have you ever had dermal filler ...

08 Apr
NIH Starts Trial Looking at Rare Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines

NIH Starts Trial Looking at Rare Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines

A new clinical trial will investigate whether people who are highly allergic or have what's known as a mast cell disorder are at higher risk for a sudden allergic reaction to the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

"The public understandably has been concerned about rep...

07 Apr
No Proof COVID Vaccines Can Trigger Guillain-Barré Syndrome

No Proof COVID Vaccines Can Trigger Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Two people in the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine trial developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, but it's highly doubtful the vaccine is to blame, according to a just-published case study.

Although both people were in the same trial, one was given the vaccine and the other...

06 Apr
Moderna COVID Vaccine Offers Protection for at Least 6 Months: Study

Moderna COVID Vaccine Offers Protection for at Least 6 Months: Study

There's good news for the millions of Americans who've already received a dose or two of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine: New research shows the vaccine should protect against illness for at least six months.

The new study tracked 33 participants in the trials that led to the...

05 Apr
If You've Had COVID, One Vaccine Jab Will Do: Study

If You've Had COVID, One Vaccine Jab Will Do: Study

A new U.S. study offers more evidence that a single dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine may provide enough protection to people who've previously been infected with the coronavirus.

"Our findings extend those from smaller studies reported elsewhere and support a potenti...

05 Apr
Got Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Stop Being Cautious, Experts Say

Got Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Stop Being Cautious, Experts Say

Just because you've had your COVID-19 vaccination doesn't mean you can stop taking steps to protect yourself and others, experts say.

So far, only about 16% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, and on March 24, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rep...

02 Apr
When Will America's Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?

When Will America's Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?

Kids will be kids, and that's exactly why Holly McDade plans to get her three young children the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them.

"Little kids can't help but touch their mouths and their noses and touch other things," said McDade, 32, of Strasbur...

01 Apr
1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don't plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.

This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who...

01 Apr
Can Vaccinations Stop COVID Transmission? College Study Aims to Find Out

Can Vaccinations Stop COVID Transmission? College Study Aims to Find Out

It's the question everyone wants answered because reopening the world depends on it: Can coronavirus vaccines stop transmission of the virus?

Now, 21 universities across the United States are teaming up to find out.

The project, called Prevent COVID U, was started ...

26 Mar
HPV Infections Are Plummeting Due to Widespread Vaccination

HPV Infections Are Plummeting Due to Widespread Vaccination

Fifteen years of widespread vaccination of U.S. children with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is reaping big rewards: A more than 80% drop in new infections has been seen in women and girls under the age of 25.

That could mean an equally big drop to come in a host...

23 Mar
Study Finds Growing Acceptance of COVID Vaccine by U.S. Health Care Workers

Study Finds Growing Acceptance of COVID Vaccine by U.S. Health Care Workers

Health care workers were just as uneasy as everyone else when COVID-19 vaccines were about to be approved in the United States, with large numbers hesitant to take the shot in early December, a new study reveals.

But that hesitancy dwindled over the next few weeks, as he...

19 Mar
You've Had Your Vaccine, What Can You Safely Do Now?

You've Had Your Vaccine, What Can You Safely Do Now?

The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program is proceeding apace, with more than one-fifth of adult Americans having received at least one dose and eligibility opening up for everyone by May 1, under orders from President Joe Biden.

That means the fully vaccinated now have one ...

18 Mar
Still Leery of COVID Vaccines? Top Expert Debunks Those Myths

Still Leery of COVID Vaccines? Top Expert Debunks Those Myths

Don't believe everything you hear: A sizable minority of Americans are still hesitant about getting the new COVID-19 vaccine, but their fears are mostly not warranted, a leading vaccine expert says.

"Not only has it been shown to be safe in tens of thousands of people be...

17 Mar
As U.S. Vaccinations Rise, Are 'Vaccine Passports' for Americans Coming?

As U.S. Vaccinations Rise, Are 'Vaccine Passports' for Americans Coming?

With tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses going into American arms, pressure is mounting for a U.S. "vaccine passport" that would allow the fully immunized to travel freely and more easily enjoy other aspects of pre-pandemic life.

More than two dozen airline trade ...

17 Mar
Talks With Doctors May Be Key to Vaccine Acceptance: Study

Talks With Doctors May Be Key to Vaccine Acceptance: Study

Talking with their doctors may help convince reluctant Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines, evidence from a previous pandemic suggests.

Researchers analyzed responses from more than 19,000 people in the United States who were surveyed during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in...

16 Mar
Health Care Workers More Likely to Catch COVID at Home, Not Workplace

Health Care Workers More Likely to Catch COVID at Home, Not Workplace

Health care workers are more likely to catch COVID-19 at home or in their community than on the job, a new study finds.

"The news is reassuring in that it shows the measures taken are working to prevent infections from spreading in health care facilities," said study co-...

15 Mar
Nearly All Americans Who Got First COVID Shot Are Are Getting Their Second

Nearly All Americans Who Got First COVID Shot Are Are Getting Their Second

In more good news on the coronavirus vaccine front, a new government report finds that 88% of Americans who get their first COVID-19 shot return for their second.

That bodes well for the United States, since full vaccination is vital to stopping the pandemic.

In De...

11 Mar
Already Had COVID? You May Not Need 2nd Dose of Vaccine

Already Had COVID? You May Not Need 2nd Dose of Vaccine

If you've previously been infected by the new coronavirus, just one dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be enough to protect you from future infection, according to a new study.

"We showed that the antibody response to the first vaccine dose in p...

10 Mar
Could Diphtheria Become Resistant to Vaccines?

Could Diphtheria Become Resistant to Vaccines?

Diphtheria could once again become a major global health problem due to vaccine and antibiotic resistance, researchers warn.

Diphtheria is a highly contagious -- and potentially deadly -- infection that can affect the nose and throat, as well as the skin.

It is cau...

08 Mar
Even 1 Dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID Vaccines Offer Good Protection for People Over 80

Even 1 Dose of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID Vaccines Offer Good Protection for People Over 80

Just one dose of the Pfizer or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization for COVID patients in their 80s with preexisting health conditions, a preliminary study shows.

The findings are from AvonCAP, an ongoing surveillance project fund...

05 Mar
With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

Americans love to have choices, and now there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States.

But infectious disease experts say that all three protect strongly against severe COVID-19, so there is only one criteria to use in deciding which vaccine is ...

05 Mar
A Vaccine Against UTIs? New Mouse Study Brings Shot Closer

A Vaccine Against UTIs? New Mouse Study Brings Shot Closer

Many women suffer through countless urinary tract infections (UTIs), but a new study in mice offers hope that a vaccine could one day bring their nightmares to an end.

"Although several vaccines against UTIs have been investigated in clinical trials, they have so far had...