Helpful tips for getting the COVID-19 vaccine even if you’re afraid of needles

Is a fear of needles preventing you or a loved one from getting a COVID-19 vaccine? You are not alone. Scientists estimate that as many as 25 percent of Americans suffer from trypanophobia, a fear of blood or needles.   Fear of needles prevents millions of people from getting the care they need to live long, healthy lives. As many as 16 percent of people in the U.S. don’t get a yearly flu vaccination because they dread getting a […]

Recommendation of Pfizer vaccine booster dose for some under review

Oregon is ready to make booster shots available to people who are eligible to receive one, if the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup approves a federal recommendation to make booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine available to seniors and people in high-risk categories.

OHA releases statement on booster dose recommendation

Today, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened medical experts to discuss whether to recommend that people who’ve previously been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster shot to help maintain the effectiveness of their vaccinations over time. At today’s hearing, the committee recommended that people age 65 and […]

Lo que necesita saber sobre las variantes del virus

A veces resulta abrumador escuchar noticias sobre el COVID-19, pues mientras Delta sigue en los titulares, otras variantes siguen surgiendo y quizá se pregunte: ¿qué es una variante y qué tan comunes son los diferentes tipos de variantes? Los virus como el SARS-CoV-2, el virus que causa el COVID-19, mutan o cambian constantemente. Esta mutación […]

What you need to know about virus variants

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to sort through all the information we come across. The Delta variant continues to be in the headlines, but other variants are in the news as well. You may be wondering what a variant is, and how common are different types of variants.   Viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes […]

Los CDC advierten contra el uso de ivermectina para tratar o prevenir COVID-19

El jueves 21 de agosto, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) publicaron una advertencia de la Red de Alerta de Salud que advierte que las personas no deben usar ivermectina para tratar o prevenir COVID-19. Aunque la ivermectina está aprobada por la FDA para tratar ciertas infecciones causadas por parásitos, […]

Kids back in school? Make an appointment for routine vaccinations

Most kids in Oregon are either back in school already or will be soon. This is a great time to make sure your child is up-to-date on their routine immunizations.  In Oregon, children are required to receive certain childhood vaccines in order to attend school. Talk with your child’s health care provider about what vaccines your child needs to stay healthy this […]

Historias de Vacuna: Nancy Vera

Nancy es originaria de Mexico pero ha vivido en Estados Unidos la mayor parte de su vida. Después de pasar cerca de un año en Oregon trabajando como enfermera en un hogar para adultos mayores en McMinnville, se mudó a Illinois con su esposo donde continúa ayudando a personas de la tercera edad con su […]

Vaccine Voices: Nancy Vera

Nancy is originally from Mexico, but has lived in United States most of her life. After spending about a year in Oregon working as a nurse in a McMinnville assisted living facility, she moved to Illinois with her husband where she continues to help seniors with their daily care. Due to her line of work, […]

CDC warns against the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Health Alert Network advisory warning that people should not use Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. While Ivermectin is FDA-approved to treat certain infections caused by parasites, it has not been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19. You can learn about the […]