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Large antibody study offers hope for virus vaccine efforts

Sep 02 2020

Tuesday’s report, from tests on more than 30,000 people in Iceland, is the most extensive work yet on the immune system’s response to the virus and is good news for efforts to develop vaccines. If a vaccine can spur production of long-lasting antibodies like natural infection does, it gives hope that “immunity to this unpredictable and highly contagious virus may not be fleeting,” independent experts from Harvard University and the U.S. National Institutes of Health wrote in a commentary published with the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Source: CNBC

Northern Colorado doctors warn that flu shots are more important than ever this season

Sep 02 2020

As flu season gets ready to collide with COVID-19, health care providers say it's more important than ever to get vaccinated as soon as possible. With the calendar flipping from August to September on Tuesday, that means the time is now. Many pharmacies are already offering flu shots. Banner Health will kick off a series of drive-thru clinics in Larimer County on Wednesday, and UCHealth is offering flu shots to patients beginning Tuesday.

Source: Coloradan

Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix

Sep 02 2020

With the annual flu season about to start, it's still unclear exactly how influenza virus will interact with the coronavirus if a person has both viruses. Doctors around the world have seen some patients who tested positive for both influenza virus and the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. At least a couple of dozen cases have been reported — although that's not a lot, given that over 26 million people have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Source: NPR

A Black Participant In Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccination Trial: Trust The Vaccine

Sep 02 2020

Now, Upshaw is sharing her experience and has a message for the Black community: The vaccine is safe. “I was scared at first, for my health [and] for exposing myself to something that hasn’t been tested in humans before,” she said. “I was technically patient No. 10.” As her hometown of Atlanta was being hit hard by the virus, Upshaw decided to participate in Moderna’s first vaccination trial at Emory University on March 16. As a Ph.D. student of biomedical engineering there, she was excited to be a part of scientific history. “This vaccine is the first one ever made with mRNA, or messenger RNA, and it’s the first time it’s been put in humans ever, in the history of the world,” she said. “I was geeking out about it.”

Source: KSRO

One thing parents can control this school year: getting their kids vaccinated | COMMENTARY

Sep 01 2020

For Maryland students and families, back-to-school planning looks different this year, as many school districts welcome students back remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one back-to-school tradition that families should continue is making sure that children get their recommended vaccines. Children must have updated immunization records at the start of the school year even for remote learning. Maintaining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule is critical for helping Maryland communities avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses amid the pandemic.

Source: Baltimore Sun

12 Years Ago I Stopped Vaccinating My Children. Then I Changed My Mind.

Sep 01 2020

When I met my husband over about 15 years ago I was a quality control chemist at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. I tested raw materials and monitored plant reactions and the purification process. You can’t fart in there without documenting it. So I know how much care goes into these products. Still, I fell for the anti-vax rhetoric. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody. We moved for my husband’s career when I became pregnant, so I quit my job. I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and give my child the best start I could. I breastfed, I cloth diapered, I baby-wore and made my own baby food. I also planned to vaccinate. I did vaccinate. I got a flu shot while pregnant. I took her to her 8-week appointment. I was nervous. I remember sitting there thinking, we can’t undo this if it goes wrong. But my daughter got 3 vaccines. And a few hours later she started crying and crying in a robotic high pitched squeal the likes I never heard. When she stopped she slept so deeply I was afraid she would stop breathing. She nursed poorly and stopped looking at me. This was scary.

Source: Shot of Prevention

Why vaccine nationalism is winning

Sep 01 2020

Governments have failed to unite in the fight against covid-19. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the race to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Rather than consolidate efforts, many countries are striking out on their own. The fragmented forces of vaccine nationalism won another victory this week: U.S. officials told The Washington Post that the United States would not participate in the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) Facility, a global effort to help develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine backed by the World Health Organization.

Source: Washington Post

Why do conspiracy theories thrive during a crisis?

Sep 01 2020

Let me start with a health warning: the three assertions you are about to read are untrue. The Russian influenza outbreak of 1889-1891 was sparked by electric light. Germany set out to infect enemies in World War One with Spanish flu. HIV was created in American laboratories and shipped to Africa. Each statement is false. And each appeared in contemporary media reports. “A new theory as to the cause of influenza is being ventilated by some Paris physicians,” the British newspaper The Bristol Times and Mirror reported on January 22, 1890. “These gentlemen maintain that the epidemic is due to an excess of electricity in the air.”

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