What you need to know about myocarditis and pericarditis

As a parent, guardian or caregiver, worrying about the health and safety of our children seems to be ever-present since the first day they come into our lives. For families deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, understanding more about myocarditis and pericarditis might be helpful when deciding what is best for your child.

Misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccinations for children: Q & A with Dr. Bukhosi Dube

Fighting a pandemic is hard; fighting a pandemic with bad information is like throwing oil on a fire. It just makes the problem that much worse. Here, we take a look with Dr. Bukhosi Dube at some of the common misconceptions about vaccinations. Risk of myocarditis is greater from COVID-19 than from COVID-19 vaccines Parents […]

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 […]

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 (update)

Getting diagnosed with COVID-19 can be scary. However, in addition to the safe and effective vaccines, we now have more treatments available that can reduce the severity of COVID-19 in those who have become infected. Monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments have the potential to save lives and relieve the burden on Oregon’s health care system and […]

FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine, which will be marketed as “Comirnaty.” Under the newly granted FDA approval, Comirnaty will be available to all people ages 16 and older to prevent COVID-19 disease. Under Emergency Use Authorization, the vaccine will continue to be available […]

Roseburg woman rolls up sleeve after loss of two friends

“I was terrified of the vaccine,” said Tammy Castleman, 57, of Roseburg. “In all fairness, I’ve always been terrified of any vaccine, and have received them (some) reluctantly at best. I’ve never even had a flu vaccine. I don’t fear needles, but what’s in them; whether that’s entirely rational or not.” Castleman is a medical […]

Make a plan to vaccinate your student in time for school

If you are preparing to send your child back to the classroom this fall, you may have questions about vaccinating them against COVID-19. It’s OK to have questions. Reliable sources of information include the CDC, the FDA and OHA’s website. For personal questions, your health care provider is your best source for you and your family. They have firsthand knowledge of the vaccine, how it works and what […]

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

Getting diagnosed with COVID-19 can be scary. However, since the pandemic began, more treatments have become available to reduce the severity of COVID-19 in those who have become infected. Monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments are one such form of treatment that have been authorized for emergency use in the United States. What is a monoclonal antibody? […]

Vaccine Voices: Salem mom says getting COVID-19 was not an option

Mary Hoeft says — in all honesty — she was slightly hesitant about getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because she had heard of side effects such as fever, chills and low energy. Being low on energy is not an option for Hoeft, 42, who is a single mother of a 9-year-old child […]

Small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) associated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that reports to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) indicate a small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) following receipt of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 preliminary reports of GBS have been filed with VAERS after the administration of 12.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine. The cases were largely […]