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CDC Signs off on COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5
In The News
CDC Signs off on COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5
2022-06-19 15:35:45
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday backed an advisory committee’s recommendation that will allow parents with children under 5 years of age to have their kids vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Grills Health Agency Directors on Their Long-Term Pandemic Plans
2022-06-16 20:46:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Health experts told a Senate panel Thursday the drop in COVID-19 infections in the past few months should not lull them into complacency as the potentially deadly virus continues to mutate. Without additional preparation, the nation’s health care... Read More

Immigration
Louisiana Judge Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to Title 42 Termination
2022-05-14 17:12:47
by Reece Nations

LAFAYETTE, La. — Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana heard arguments on Friday in a federal lawsuit that seeks to delay the planned end of the Title 42 migrant expulsion public health authority. Lawyers for... Read More

Congress
Rep. Alma Adams Holds Forum on Black Maternal Health
2022-04-14 13:00:00
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., hosted a forum on Wednesday on Black maternal health to highlight the efforts being made to address reproductive issues in the U.S. for women of color. The forum aligns with Black Maternal Health Week... Read More

Health
CDC: Many Healthy Americans Can Take a Break from Masks

Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of measures for... Read More

Health
Biosecurity Experts Tell Senate Pandemic Revealed Gaps in Preparedness
2022-02-17 21:10:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — As COVID-19 deaths in the United States approach 1 million, maybe something worthwhile came out of the pandemic, biosecurity experts told a Senate panel Thursday. At least now Americans and their lawmakers are willing to dedicate the resources... Read More

In The News
CDC Continues Warnings on Masking While Health Care Workers Show Fatigue
2022-02-10 22:26:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned again this week that it is too soon to stop wearing masks in a warning ignored by many states tired of limitations imposed by COVID-19. Meanwhile, an exodus of health... Read More

Health
Disease Experts Tell Senate End of Pandemic Is Elusive
2022-01-11 22:15:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts only cautiously held out hope for an end to the pandemic soon. One of... Read More

Education
School District Works to Implement Test-to-Stay Practice
2022-01-05 18:51:08
by Alexa Hornbeck

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Members of the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas implemented changes to their test-to-stay practice this week, based on new guidance supported by the Biden administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on using the method... Read More

Health
CDC Cuts COVID Quarantine Time to Five Days
2021-12-28 14:34:23
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut its recommended quarantine time for people who test positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to just five on Monday, so long as the infected individual is asymptomatic. The new guidance... Read More

Health
CDC Panel Concerned Over Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Risk
2021-12-16 21:44:24
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — People getting vaccinated against COVID-19 should be offered Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots rather than those containing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to an increased risk of blood clots in young and middle-aged women, a Centers for Disease... Read More

In The News
Health Officials Address What To Do If You Lose Your Vaccination Card
2021-11-17 19:03:54
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON —Many public health departments across the country are experiencing increasing calls from individuals who have lost their vaccination cards and are seeking a replacement. "Our department receives, on average, 60 requests for replacement vaccination cards each week. This number... Read More

Health
CDC Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine for 5- to 11-Year-Olds
2021-11-02 21:36:05
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday night gave its formal approval for children ages 5-11 to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on the plan just hours after an advisory... Read More

Mental Health
As COVID Cases Fall, Halloween Brings More Fun And Less Fear

PHOENIX (AP) — Witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls can breathe a little easier this year: Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are generally on the decline, and trick-or-treaters can feel safer collecting candy. And while a new poll indicates Halloween... Read More

Health
CDC Director Overrides Vote to Broaden Eligibility for Vaccines
2021-09-24 20:15:43
by Tom Ramstack

ATLANTA, Ga.-- Dr. Rochelle Walensky made an unusual break Friday from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel by overruling its guidance on booster doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved... Read More

White House
Biden Urges COVID-19 Booster Shots for Those Now Eligible

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the doses for millions of older or otherwise... Read More

In The States
Increased Cases of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts
2021-09-08 19:54:48
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently announced they’ve seen four new human cases of West Nile virus in the state this year, after five human cases were reported all of last year, indicating a significant increase of virus activity... Read More

Health
Expert Discusses Emerging COVID-19 Variants
2021-08-31 20:30:57
by Alexa Hornbeck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since May 2020, new variants of the novel coronavirus have emerged that can cause COVID-19 infection, and now health experts keep encouraging individuals to get vaccinated to reduce the spread of infection and avoid the emergence of... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Allows Evictions to Resume During Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court's action ends... Read More

Education
Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
2021-08-12 19:16:45
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in all indoor settings in the state's K-12 schools. The move comes after a handful of school districts in recent days... Read More

Health
Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues
2021-08-11 20:20:01
by Reece Nations

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the national vaccination program as the highly contagious delta variant fuels a surge in nationwide hospitalizations. Alabama ranks last in terms... Read More

Health
Annual Report to the Nation Finds Changes in Cancer Trends
2021-07-12 20:32:14
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer shows that while there has been a rapid decrease in lung cancer and melanoma deaths, previous declining trends for cancers like prostate or breast cancer have slowed or disappeared. ... Read More

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