FDA panel recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5

To read this story in Spanish, click here. Update, June 17: The FDA released a statement this morning authorizing the use of both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines down to age 6 months. Moderna’s vaccine is also now FDA-authorized for children ages 6 months through 17 years. The vaccine was already authorized for people age 18 […]

For children with disabilities, OHA’s mobile medical teams bring COVID-19 vaccines to families who can’t go to them

This summer, as families with children with disabilities prepare their youngest to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, they may find themselves facing unusually high levels of anxiety in their youngsters. But the good news is they don’t have face it alone – and they don’t even have to leave home. “For any child, and for plenty […]

An epidemiologist answers questions about vaccinating the youngest

To read this story in Spanish, click here. As early as next week, parents and caregivers may be able to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee is meeting tomorrow, June 15, to review applications for emergency use for Moderna and Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccines. Moderna’s application […]

How does COVID-19 cause all those symptoms?

To read this story in Spanish, click here. People have experienced a wide variety of symptoms from COVID-19. Some feel like they have a mild cold, while others feel exhausted. Some develop a lingering cough, while others lose their sense of smell and taste. In extreme cases, some people require hospitalization. And, unfortunately, some people […]

Cáncer de piel: detectarlo a tiempo es fundamental

Estamos en un momento en que es muy importante protegernos contra el COVID-19, pero también demos ponernos al día con otros aspectos de nuestra salud que quizás hayamos descuidado, y una de las áreas fáciles de olvidar es nuestra piel. La forma más mortal de cáncer de piel es el melanoma. Algunas personas pueden sorprenderse […]

VAERS monitors for adverse events after vaccination

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) is an early warning system that allows health care providers, vaccine manufacturers and the general public to report health concerns (adverse events) after vaccination. Established in 1990, VAERS can monitor for increases in known vaccination side effects, such as a […]

Efectos secundarios de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 son raros

La razón más común por la que las personas no han recibido una dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 es que les preocupan los efectos secundarios, según una encuesta realizada hace poco a nuestros lectores. Entre ocho razones para elegir, el 37 por ciento eligió: “Tuve efectos secundarios y no quiero volver […]

Severe side effects from COVID-19 vaccination are rare

To read this story in Spanish, click here. The most common reason people have not received a COVID-19 booster dose is concern about side effects, according to a recent survey of our readers. With eight reasons to choose from, 37% chose “I had side effects and I don’t want to go through that again.” Some […]

United States passes 1 million COVID-19-related deaths, nearly 15 million excess deaths globally

To read this story in Spanish, click here. More than 1 million people in the United States have died from COVID-19. It is a somber number. Older adults have been hit especially hard–744,825 people over age 65 have died as of May 18. In at least 90% of the 1 million deaths, COVID-19 has been […]