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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...

07 Sep
Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

An alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers has updated guidance about COVID-19 vaccine boosters for cancer patients and the people around them.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network's new recommendations are intended for health care providers.

"COVID-19 can be ...

03 Sep
Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

Top U.S. health officials have reportedly warned the White House to curtail its plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans later this month.

Leaders of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told White H...

03 Sep
Few Symptoms After Your COVID Shot? Don't Worry, You Still Got Immune Boost

Few Symptoms After Your COVID Shot? Don't Worry, You Still Got Immune Boost

Just because you didn't have a significant reaction after your COVID-19 shot doesn't mean it's not working, researchers say.

"It wasn't known if a lack of symptoms following vaccination or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection would indicate a less-than-adequate antibody response i...

01 Sep
COVID-19 Vaccines Boost Antibodies, Even in People With Weak Immune Systems

COVID-19 Vaccines Boost Antibodies, Even in People With Weak Immune Systems

COVID-19 vaccines trigger antibody production in most people who have weakened immune systems, but a new study reveals that their responses are weaker than in healthy people.

"Some of our patients have been hesitant about getting vaccinated, which is unfortunate because ...

31 Aug
Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID-19: An Expert Explains

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID-19: An Expert Explains

Monoclonal antibody infusions can help prevent severe COVID-19, but the best protection is to get vaccinated, experts say.

Antibodies are made by the immune system to fight infections.

"The problem is that our immune system takes two to three weeks to make good ant...

25 Aug
Pentagon Says Troops Must Start Lining Up Now for COVID Shots

Pentagon Says Troops Must Start Lining Up Now for COVID Shots

Unvaccinated U.S. troops must immediately start getting COVID-19 vaccines, says a memo issued Tuesday by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which recently received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be added to the li...

23 Aug
Study Gives Hope for 'Dream' Vaccine Against All COVID Variants

Study Gives Hope for 'Dream' Vaccine Against All COVID Variants

A multi-purpose vaccine that would protect humans against any future COVID-19 variants could one day be possible, a new study suggests.

The key to it all lies in a coronavirus scare that happened nearly two decades ago.

People previously infected with SARS -- the o...

20 Aug
Delta Variant Has Americans' Stress Levels Rising Again: Poll

Delta Variant Has Americans' Stress Levels Rising Again: Poll

As coronavirus cases spike in the United States due to the highly contagious Delta variant, a new poll finds Americans' anxiety about COVID-19 at its highest since January.

"I wouldn't have said this a couple of years ago, but I'm not as confident as I was in America's a...

20 Aug
Pregnant Women Show No Worse Symptoms After COVID Vaccines

Pregnant Women Show No Worse Symptoms After COVID Vaccines

If you're pregnant and worried that getting a COVID-19 vaccine might trigger severe side effects, you can relax.

New research shows that pregnant women and new mothers don't suffer more reactions after a shot than other women do.

"Pregnant people do well w...

19 Aug
Even Delta Variant Can't Evade Vaccine-Linked Antibodies: Study

Even Delta Variant Can't Evade Vaccine-Linked Antibodies: Study

Antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Delta variant and other coronavirus variants of concern, new research shows.

The findings may help explain why m...

19 Aug
4 Out of 10 Parents Have No Plans to Get Child Vaccinated for School: Poll

4 Out of 10 Parents Have No Plans to Get Child Vaccinated for School: Poll

Almost 90% of U.S. parents plan to send their kids back to the classroom this fall, but fewer than 60% plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine for those who are old enough, a new poll reveals.

Anxiety is also high among many parents, who wonder just how safe in-person learning wi...

18 Aug
COVID Booster Shots for All Americans, Starting Sept. 20

COVID Booster Shots for All Americans, Starting Sept. 20

After concluding that a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine is needed to fight off waning immunity in the fully vaccinated, the Biden administration said Wednesday it will begin offering booster shots to all Americans starting Sept. 20.

The plan, which only involves the ...

16 Aug
COVID Vaccines Offer Good Protection for People Living With HIV

COVID Vaccines Offer Good Protection for People Living With HIV

COVID-19 vaccination triggers a strong immune response in people with HIV, meaning they're likely protected against the coronavirus, a new, small study shows.

"Previous research has suggested a suboptimal response to COVID-19 vaccines in people living with HIV; however, ...

13 Aug
FDA OKs Third COVID Shot for Vulnerable Americans

FDA OKs Third COVID Shot for Vulnerable Americans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a third "booster" shot of coronavirus vaccines for people with weakened immune systems, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to surge across the country.

Expanding the emergency use of the Pfizer an...

12 Aug
FDA to OK COVID Booster Shots for Vulnerable Americans

FDA to OK COVID Booster Shots for Vulnerable Americans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans on Thursday to authorize a third "booster" shot of coronavirus vaccine for people with weakened immune systems, as the highly contagious Delta variant surges across the country.

Expanding the emergency use of the Pfizer and Mod...

12 Aug
Third Vaccine Dose Can Help Shield Transplant Patients From COVID

Third Vaccine Dose Can Help Shield Transplant Patients From COVID

A third dose of a two-shot COVID vaccine significantly boosts transplant patients' protection against SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study.

"We knew from previous studies that two doses were not enough to produce a good immune response against COVID-19 in transplant pati...

11 Aug
Pfizer Shot May Help Fight COVID Variants in People Previously Infected

Pfizer Shot May Help Fight COVID Variants in People Previously Infected

A small, early study suggests that people who've already encountered SARS-CoV-2 may gain a big boost against COVID-19 if they get just one dose of the Pfizer vaccine -- and that protection may extend to new viral variants.

The study "supports the notion that vaccine effe...

10 Aug
Could COVID Be Eradicated Someday? Maybe, Experts Say

Could COVID Be Eradicated Someday? Maybe, Experts Say

Could COVID-19 one day go the way of smallpox and polio?

New research suggests it might be possible to beat the coronavirus with high vaccination rates and rapid responses to immunity-evading variants, the study authors said.

"While our analysis is a prelimina...

09 Aug
The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

News that the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 can be picked up and spread by vaccinated folks has sparked confusion and concern, and an infectious disease expert wants to clarify.

These worries follow a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention r...

09 Aug
Easy Steps to Get Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Easy Steps to Get Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination is the best way parents can protect the health of kids 12 and older during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

AAP offers a checklist to prepare older kids and teens for the shot.

To begin, tell their health care provider you...

09 Aug
COVID Antibodies Stable 7 Months After Infection: Study

COVID Antibodies Stable 7 Months After Infection: Study

Antibody levels remain stable or even rise seven months after infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, European researchers report.

The study from Spain also found that preexisting antibodies against coronaviruses that cause the common cold may also protect against COVID-19....

06 Aug
One Dose of Pfizer Vaccine May Be Enough for Folks Who've Had COVID

One Dose of Pfizer Vaccine May Be Enough for Folks Who've Had COVID

I think I've had COVID-19 already, so do I really need two doses of vaccine?

It's a question millions of people around the world are asking, and now a small, new study finds that people who know they were infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the past may need only one shot of the...

04 Aug
How the Delta Variant Is Changing the U.S. Forecast for COVID-19

How the Delta Variant Is Changing the U.S. Forecast for COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines are helping protect the unvaccinated as the new Delta strain surges across the United States, but experts say its high infectiousness could mean even more people need to take the jab to achieve true herd immunity.

Tracking data shows COVID cases aren't ...

03 Aug
Use Facebook a Lot? You're More Likely to Be Unvaccinated

Use Facebook a Lot? You're More Likely to Be Unvaccinated

Americans who get their COVID-19 news and information solely from Facebook have much lower vaccination rates than the general population.

That's the takeaway from a new survey of nearly 20,700 people across the United States. The researchers asked them in June which of s...

26 Jul
Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12

Survey Finds U.S. Parents Split on COVID Vaccination for Kids Under 12

As a new school year approaches, U.S. parents are nearly evenly split on whether they'll vaccinate their young kids when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for their age group, a new survey finds.

"It's important that parents and providers don't wait for full COVID vaccine a...

21 Jul
Secret Weapon: Why the 2nd Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Is So Crucial

Secret Weapon: Why the 2nd Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Is So Crucial

It takes two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to "wake up" cells that play a very important role in the body's immune response, with the second dose increasing their numbers 100-fold, according to new research.

The Stanford University study may help explain ...

16 Jul
CDC Advisors to Discuss 3rd COVID Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised

CDC Advisors to Discuss 3rd COVID Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised

Giving a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines to adults with weakened immune systems -- the immunocompromised -- will be up for discussion during a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel meeting next week.

At the meeting scheduled for July 22, the Advi...

15 Jul
COVID Antibodies From Vaccination Are Almost 3 Times Higher Than From Infection

COVID Antibodies From Vaccination Are Almost 3 Times Higher Than From Infection

People who've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have a much stronger immune system response against the new coronavirus than those who've previously been infected, according to a new study.

"Vaccinated individuals had the highest antibody levels, nearly three times ...

13 Jul
Inhaled COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Inhaled COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Breathing in protection: Scientists say an experimental inhaled COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in animal tests.

"The currently available vaccines against COVID-19 are very successful, but the majority of the world's population is still unvaccinated and there is a critica...

12 Jul
She Got Her Shots and Is Helping Other Seniors Rejoin Society

She Got Her Shots and Is Helping Other Seniors Rejoin Society

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandra Banner was an active octogenarian. She enjoyed going to movies, traveling from her Palm Desert, Calif., home to Los Angeles for Dodgers baseball games and having friends over for happy hours.

Early on, she avoided isolation by teachin...

12 Jul
Black Churches Could Be Key to Boosting Vaccination Rates

Black Churches Could Be Key to Boosting Vaccination Rates

Black churches could prove crucial in improving COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black Americans, a new study suggests.

The COVID-19 death rate among Black Americans is three times higher than among white Americans, and health officials had hoped that vaccines would narr...

09 Jul
Chinese CoronaVac Vaccine 83.5% Effective Against Symptomatic COVID

Chinese CoronaVac Vaccine 83.5% Effective Against Symptomatic COVID

A double dose of China's CoronaVac vaccine is 83.5% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, researchers say.

Their phase 3 trial included more than 10,000 people, aged 18 to 59, in Turkey who received either two doses of CoronaVac 14 days apart or an inactive placebo.

06 Jul
Rare 'Breakthrough' COVID Infections in Vaccinated Are Milder: Study

Rare 'Breakthrough' COVID Infections in Vaccinated Are Milder: Study

Folks who suffer a rare "breakthrough" coronavirus infection after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will not get as sick and, importantly, are much less likely to pass the coronavirus on to others, a new study shows.

It's very unlikely that a person will become infe...

30 Jun
Some Myeloma Patients Get No Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines

Some Myeloma Patients Get No Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines

Because they're often given drugs that suppress their immune systems, people battling a blood cancer known as multiple myeloma have varying responses to the COVID-19 vaccine, new research shows.

Some patients had no evidence at all of COVID-fighting antibody production a...

28 Jun
Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines May Stand Guard Against COVID for Years

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines May Stand Guard Against COVID for Years

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines trigger an immune system response that could fend off the coronavirus for years to come, new research reveals.

The latest study bolsters growing evidence that most people immunized with the mRNA vaccines may not need booster shots, with on...

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 ...

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