As flu hospitalizations surge in the US, the Southeast is the hardest hit

As flu hospitalizations surge in the US, the Southeast is the hardest hit

Enbal Sabag, a Nurse Practitioner, prepared a flu vaccination for a patient at the CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic on September 03, 2020 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Flu hospitalizations have surged to a decade high in the US with the Southeast the hardest region right now. Five out every 100,000 people … Read more

Monkeypox unlikely to be eliminated in the US, CDC says

Monkeypox unlikely to be eliminated in the US, CDC says

The monkeypox virus is unlikely to be eliminated from the US in the near future, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. The CDC, in a technical brief, said the outbreak is slowing as the availability of vaccines has increased, people have become more aware of how … Read more

Covid vaccination tied to increase in length of menstrual cycle: NIH

Covid vaccination tied to increase in length of menstrual cycle: NIH

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, US, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. vanessa leroy | Bloomberg | Getty Images Covid-19 vaccination is linked to a slight increase in the length of a women’s menstrual cycle, delaying the beginning … Read more

Moderna asks FDA to authorize omicron Covid boosters for children as young as 6 years old

Moderna asks FDA to authorize omicron Covid boosters for children as young as 6 years old

Following CDC approval for vaccination of children aged 6 months to 5 years, 4 year-old Eleanor Kahn sits with her father Alex, as nurse Jillian Mercer administers the Moderna vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego , California, US, June 21, 2022. Mike Blake | Reuters Moderna has asked … Read more

Study finds Pfizer’s antiviral has little or even zero benefit for younger adults, and WHO says BA.5 omicron subvariant accounted for 74% of cases in latest week

Study finds Pfizer's antiviral has little or even zero benefit for younger adults, and WHO says BA.5 omicron subvariant accounted for 74% of cases in latest week

Pfizer’s COVID antiviral Paxlovid appears to have little or no benefit for younger adults, although it still reduces the risk of hospitalization or death in seniors, according to a new Israeli study. Data from the 109,000-patient study may renew questions about the US government’s use of Paxlovid, which has become the go-to treatment for COVID-19 … Read more

scientists worry virus could infect animals

Activities that are, aren't safe, experts say

Monkeypox virus, illustration. Thom Leach | Science Photo Library | Getty Images In 2003, 47 people across six Midwestern states caught monkeypox from pet prairie dogs that were infected after they were housed with rodents imported from Ghana, Africa. Today’s outbreak, which has already infected more than 14,100 people in the US and more than … Read more

Polio and the monkeypox outbreak demonstrate a ‘heightened focus’ on viruses

Polio and the monkeypox outbreak demonstrate a 'heightened focus' on viruses

Two-plus years of COVID-19, and people are thinking differently about viruses. The US this month declared monkeypox a public health emergency, and people at high risk of getting the virus — particularly men who have sex with men — are lining up in city streets to get vaccinated. An avian flu outbreak that pushed egg … Read more

Child polio vaccination rate low in some New York areas, increasing outbreak risk

Child polio vaccination rate low in some New York areas, increasing outbreak risk

Nurse Lydia Fulton prepares to administer the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine as well as a vaccine used to help prevent the diseases of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and polio at Children’s Primary Care Clinic in Minneapolis, MN. Courtney Perry | The Washington Post | Getty Images The childhood polio vaccination rate is as low … Read more

Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

Ivermectin among generic drugs that failed to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospitalization, large study shows

A new study found three generic drugs — fluvoxamine, which is often prescribed to treat depression, the controversial antimalarial ivermectin, and the diabetes pill metformin — failed to prevent the kind of severe COVID-19 that leads to an emergency-room visit or hospitalization. The research, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined whether … Read more

FDA expands monkeypox vaccine authorization to increase dose supply five-fold

FDA expands monkeypox vaccine authorization to increase dose supply five-fold

A health worker administers a dose of the Bavarian Nordic A/S Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at a vaccination site in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Jill Connelly | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday expanded its authorization for the monkeypox vaccine in a way that would significantly boost … Read more