Shingles is a painful and potentially dangerous disease that typically affects older individuals. So why did I get it in my early 40's? Here, we outline shingles, what causes the disease, the vaccine that prevents it, and why it sucks.
The short answer: kids should get their booster as soon as they are eligible to receive one. On May 17, 2022, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to include a COVID booster for all 5-11-year-olds. On May 19, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to recommend a booster shot for … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID boosters for kids?
In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer your frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this FAQ, we focus on COVID variants, including the Delta and Omicron variants. As we learn about each new variant, we can draw on what we already know about viruses, variants, and immunity to … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQ: What you need to know about COVID variants
In this post, SciMoms asked mom and ICU nurse, Renee Chavez, about her experience in the Pfizer kids COVID vaccine trials for kids under 12. Renee has been an ICU (intensive care unit) nurse for 12 years. She worked for 6 years in the adult ICU and 6 years in the pediatric CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive … Continue reading Here’s why I enrolled my children in the kids COVID vaccine trials
We examine bacterial meningitis and meningococcal disease, and which vaccines can prevent various causes of meningitis.
The short answer: kids should get the vaccine as soon as one is available to them. On May 10, 2021, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. On May 12, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended this vaccine for use in kids age 12 and up. With this announcement, … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID vaccine for my kids?
Yesterday, the CDC released new guidance for fully vaccinated people in response to very encouraging real-world data about COVID-19 vaccines. To reflect this growing body of evidence, the CDC updated their guidance to recommend that: “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, … Continue reading Are we worried about the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated people?
The CDC recently released guidelines about what is safe after COVID vaccination. With a growing proportion of fully vaccinated older Americans, the most burning question the SciMoms and many of our readers have is: when can our kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccinations? The new guidelines do not specifically mention kids, but most kids … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When can my kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccination?
In this post, the SciMoms answer FAQs about COVID vaccines, their efficacy, and whether they will be safe.
Many parents, even those who vaccinate against other diseases, wonder why their newborn baby could possibly need the hep B vaccine. But public health agencies around the world agree: babies do need the hepatitis B vaccine. This article explains why.