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The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, which collaborated to track healt...

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 receiving [anti-CD20] treatment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which will prevent severe illness," said researcher E. John Whe...

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 on a combo flu/COVID booster, the single-dose shot won't be ready for this flu season.

But rest assured that it's ...

Many parents hoping for COVID-19 vaccines for their children younger than 12 may get their wish this fall, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The vaccines could be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this fall for children ages 5 to 11, Fauci told CNN on Tuesday.

"If you look at the studies that we at the (National Institutes of Health) are doing in collaborati...

In Africa, only 4% of people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Leaders had once hoped to have 60% of people living on the continent vaccinated this year.

That now appears unlikely.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners said they do hope to provide African countries with 30% of the vaccines the continent needs by February, the Associated Press

Jeff Bridges has had a rough year.

Almost a year ago, the actor was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then in January, he was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while receiving chemotherapy.

"Covid kicked my (expletive) pretty good," Bridges wrote in a blog post on his website, USA Today reported.

Bridges, 71, said he spent five weeks in the hospital with COVID-19 because his imm...

Patients with B-cell blood cancers who did not make antibodies to COVID-19 after two shots of vaccine may find that a third shot does the trick, new research finds.

More than half the patients who had failed to respond to the first two shots had a positive response to the third, or booster, shot, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society study.

"The additional COVID-19 vaccine do...

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, according to two just-published papers.

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Eight in 10 older Americans think health care workers should be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new poll.

Among 50- to 80-year-olds, 61% of respondents said the vaccine should be required for all health care workers. Another 19% said vaccination should probably be required. The remaining 20% oppose mandatory vaccination, the findings showed.

The results are from a nation...

TUESDAY, Sept. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – New data out of Israel, to be published this week, could bolster the notion that a third booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine significantly lowers a recipient's odds for severe illness.

The data is scheduled to be published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine, ahead of this week's U.S. Food and Drug Administra...

While in the United States preteens and teens aged 12 to 15 have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccines since the spring, the vaccines are only now becoming available for that age group in the United Kingdom.

According to the Associated Press, on Monday Britain gave its approval for use of the vaccines in children 12 and older as part of a "tool kit" to avoid lock...

COVID-19 is surging in U.S. states with low vaccination rates, and these places may also be seeing a higher-than-usual number of stillbirths linked to the virus.

While the number of stillbirths is still very low nationally, doctors in the Deep South have noticed increases in stillbirths, NBC News reported.

One of those states is Alabama. But the numbers are too low overal...

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 year — 1.4 billion compared to an earlier projection for 1.9 billion doses,

  • Cara Murez
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  • September 13, 2021
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  • Los Angeles has become the first major school system in the United States to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students 12 and older.

    L.A.'s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to require all students 12 and older to be vaccinated before they can attend in-person classes, The New York Times reported. The school district is the second largest in the nation, and the m...

    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.

    Overall, the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as of Aug. 30, there have been...

    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 depression, researchers reported Sept. 8 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    "People who got vaccinated experienced a reduct...

    President Joe Biden is slated to announce an ambitious six-point plan to double down on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, including more pressure on government, business and schools to implement vaccine mandates, news sources report. A speech outlining the new plan is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, The New York Times said.

    Speaking Wednesday at a med...

    The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 has highlighted a fear shared by infectious disease experts worldwide: That increasingly dangerous mutations will continue to crop up until most people around the globe are vaccinated.

    "There are going to be more variants and they may eventually be variants of concern or variants that pose problems for the vaccine," said Dr. Amesh Adal...

    There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 recorded among Americans, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. That's nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.

    With the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus cutting a swathe through the United States, and about 47% of the eligible population still not fully vaccinated, COVID-19 has ro...

    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 patients with solid tumors with that of 135 patients without cancer.

    In all, 79% of the cancer patients had antibodies --...

    With the Delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels over the long Labor Day weekend that were 300% higher than those seen over the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.

    That means packed hospitals and rising numbers of infected children as a new school year begins, according to

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 7, 2021
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  • 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 very dangerous, especially for people living with cancer, which is why we're so grateful for safe and effective vaccines...

    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 House pandemic coordinator Jeffrey Zients in a meeting Tuesday that their agencies will not be able to fully assess the n...

    A new coronavirus variant called Mu that may be able to evade existing antibodies, including those from vaccines, is under close watch by U.S. health officials.

    The variant hasn't taken extensive hold in the United States at this point, but the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is taking it "very seriously," according to its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, CBS Ne...

    An ongoing study of more than 6 million Americans found no serious side effects linked to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

    "These results from our safety surveillance are reassuring," said Dr. Nicola Klein, director of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, Calif. She spoke in a Kaiser Permanente news release.

    Klein is also a leader of Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), which stu...

    Opposition is mounting among U.S. and international health experts against President Joe Biden's push to make COVID-19 booster shots available later this month.

    The scientific evidence simply isn't there to support booster shots, and those doses would be better used in the arms of the unvaccinated around the world to prevent future mutations of COVID, infectious disease experts said in an...

    As the school year gets underway across the United States, new data shows that coronavirus cases among children are climbing.

    Since the pandemic began, children have represented 14.8% of total cases, but for the week ending Aug. 26, that percentage jumped to 22.4%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    While child COVID-19 cases declined in early summer, they have "increa...

    COVID-19 care is likely to get more expensive for Americans with the expiration of insurers' temporary waivers on costs associated with treating the illness.

    Earlier in the pandemic, patients didn't have their normal co-payments or deductibles for emergency room visits or hospital stays for COVID-19, and most tests were also free, The New York Times reported.

    As the pandemi...

    Smaller packages of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine that could be available this fall might improve vaccine access and reduce the number of wasted doses, government documents show.

    The Pfizer vaccine has been available in two packages, one with 450 doses and another with 1,170, but the vaccine's storage requirements make it difficult for smaller facilities to store large amounts of the vacci...

    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 in people who received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, so we studied an available group of staff from our...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a key advisory panel meeting on coronavirus booster shots on Sept. 17, a mere three days before the Biden administration plans to begin offering third shots for Americans.

    While the public session could add clarity to what some feel has been a confusing decision-making process, it also could fuel more controversy over the administration's pl...

    • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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    • September 2, 2021
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    At least 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been thrown away in the United States since March 1, government data shows.

    That's a far greater amount than previously known, but it is still just a small fraction of the total doses administered in this country, according to NBC News.

    The data is self-reported by pharmacies, states and other vaccine providers, but does n...

    In a finding that should reassure Americans who have already lined up to get their coronavirus shots, a new study shows the risk of long COVID-19 is halved in fully vaccinated adults if they do get a breakthrough infection.

    Researchers analyzed data from people who provided information for a COVID symptom study in the U.K. between Dec. 8, 2020, and July 4, 2021, including 1.2 million who...

    A new study of more than 19,000 San Diego health care workers finds that COVID-19 vaccination may have lost some of its power to ward off "breakthrough" infections.

    But that's no reason to lose faith in the vaccines: In the study, the rate of COVID-19 infection in July among unvaccinated workers was nearly triple that of people who had gotten their shots.

    Still, the study found a "d...

    If you're vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still get infected -- but the odds you'll need hospitalization are reduced by about two-thirds compared to unvaccinated people, a new study reveals.

    Vaccination also greatly increases the chances that COVID-19 infection will be asymptomatic and halves the risk of long-haul symptoms -- those lasting 28 days or more, researchers report in T...

    Two senior leaders in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine review office are stepping down, but their departures won't slow efforts to combat the pandemic, the agency said Tuesday.

    "We are confident in the expertise and ability of our staff to continue our critical public health work, including evaluating COVID-19 vaccines," FDA spokesperson Stephanie Caccomo told CNN....

    Nearly 14 million Americans got their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in August, a steep rise from July, White House officials said Tuesday.

    The statistic is a sign that vaccine skepticism may be waning, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to fuel case surges across the United States.

    "We've accelerated the pace of first shots. In August, we got over 14 million. Tha...

    • Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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    • September 1, 2021
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    Unvaccinated Americans should stay home during the holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases surge due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

    "First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing,

    Another trial of an experimental HIV vaccine has been halted after researchers concluded the vaccine provided only limited protection.

    The trial in five sub-Saharan African countries was launched in 2017 to assess the Johnson & Johnson HIV vaccine in over 2,000 young women at high risk of HIV infection.

    This is the latest in a string of failures for HIV vaccine research.

    "I sh...

    A woman who calls herself AntiVaxMomma on social media faces a number of charges for selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, New York prosecutors said Tuesday.

    They allege that Jasmine Clifford, of Lyndhurst, N.J., sold about 250 fake vaccination cards via her Instagram account in recent months, the Associated Press reported.

    Clifford provided the bogus cards for $200 each...

    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 they are at increased risk of having more severe cases of COVID-19 if they happen to get infected, compared to those not...

    The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect adults older than 75 against hospitalization appears to wane over time, but still remained 80% effective as of the end of July, new federal data shows.

    The same data indicates that vaccines continued to offer the same or nearly the same level of protection against hospitalization for people up to the age of 75, and the shots remained 94% effecti...

    You caught a case of COVID-19 and then you got your first dose of a vaccine. Maybe you now think you are protected from coronavirus infections in the future.

    Think again: New research shows that prior COVID-19 infection alone doesn't guarantee a high level of antibodies against the coronavirus or a strong response after just one dose of two-dose vaccines.

    The new study included 27 ...

    In another grim reminder of the toll that the pandemic continues to take on Americans, the daily average for hospitalized COVID-19 patients is now higher than any previous case surge except last winter.

    As that daily average topped 100,000, coronavirus deaths have also risen to an average of more than 1,000 a day for the first time since March, The New York Times reported.

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    Due to surging coronavirus cases, the United States will be removed from the European Union's "safe list" of countries whose citizens can travel to the 27-nation bloc without additional restrictions such as testing and quarantines.

    The change is expected to be announced Monday, but will not be mandatory for EU member nations, who can decide for themselves whether or not to impose the new ...

    MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (Healthday News) -- A case study from California may fuel further debate about vaccine mandates in schools as students return to classrooms.

    It occurred in Marin County, Calif., in May and involved an unvaccinated elementary school teacher infected with the highly contagious Delta variant who then infected half of the students in a classroom, triggering an outbreak t...

    The Delta variant is not only much more infectious than earlier versions of the new coronavirus, but it's also twice as likely to land you in the hospital with life-threatening complications, new British research shows.

    "Our analysis highlights that in the absence of vaccination, any Delta outbreaks will impose a greater burden on health care than an Alpha epidemic," co-lead study author ...

    COVID-19 vaccination and mask mandates in the workplace have the support of roughly half of American workers, a new poll shows.

    About 59% of those working remotely and 47% of those working in person are in favor of vaccine requirements, while about one-quarter of workers in both groups are opposed.

    Workplace mask mandates have the support of 59% of remote workers and 50% of in-perso...

    New research delivers an answer to a burning question: When are COVID-19 patients most infectious?

    The answer? Two days before and three days after they develop symptoms.

    The findings highlight the importance of rapid testing and quarantine if someone is feeling sick, the study authors said.

    The researchers also found that infected people are more likely to be asymptomatic if ...

    Students face a number of challenges as they head back to school this fall -- from potential exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses to injuries on the playing field.

    "This return to school season is like no other," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Schools must be prepared to protect children from COVID-19, while also addressin...

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