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J&J Vaccine: Real-world effectiveness and booster update

Vaccines

If you received the one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, we have some mostly good news. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen issued data recently showing that in the real world, a single dose of the J&J vaccine was 77-80% effective for preventing moderate symptomatic infections and 79-84% effective for preventing hospitalization after several months. This was a

Who is eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccines

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a leading coronavirus researcher, kindly made this fantastic flow chart while preparing breakfast after a busy week of decisions in the US. The chart quickly summarizes who is eligible for a third dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine at this time. More information and decisions are expected in the weeks to come about

Why do children have less severe COVID-19 than adults?

Biology/Immunity Families/Kids Vaccines

A: A better innate immune response may explain milder COVID-19 disease in kids, but they still CAN and DO get infected and transmit SARS-CoV-2, especially the more transmissible Delta variant. 👉🏽 TL;DR. Children have fewer ACE2 receptors, a more robust innate immune system, and produce more anti-viral proteins (like type 1 interferons) than adults. These

WHAT the heck is going on with booster shots?!

Vaccines

A: Booster doses are coming soon for older adults in the U.S. and U.K who are 6 months past their 2nd dose. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with the data and discussion around 3rd doses or booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines, you’re not alone! (And what’s the differences between a booster

Busting Flu Shot Myths!

Vaccines

There are tons of myths and misconceptions out there about the flu shot. Time to break some of them down and set the record straight! Myth: The flu vaccine causes the flu. Fact: Nope! There are multiple formulations of the influenza vaccine, both injectable and a nasal spray. Flu shots contain inactivated virus or small