The CDC said one of its vaccine safety monitoring systems — a "near real-time surveillance system" called the Vaccine Safety Datalink — detected a possible increase in a certain kind of stroke in people 65 and older who recently got one of Pfizer's updated booster shots.
The outbreak of coronavirus in the United States and around the world has many in the Local 6 area worried about their health and safety.
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An appeals court has affirmed a ban in three states on enforcing a federal vaccine mandate for workers who contract with the federal government.
The rapid spread has medical professionals at Baptist Health Paducah preparing for the possibility of a similar takeover locally.
The former president, 76, says he is "doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home." He says he's up to date on his COVID-19 vaccine boosters.
Health leaders know people are going to get together this season. All they ask is that you pay attention to how you feel and how others feel and take steps to stay healthy.
Baptist Health Paducah says COVID-19 numbers are down, but not non-existent. As the holiday season approaches, the hospital expects those numbers to rise.
As funding for pandemic response dries up, it is likely that future coronavirus vaccinations will be lumped together with other shots required for children.
(CNN) — COVID-19 vaccines will be part of recommended immunization schedules in 2023 for both children and adults, after a unanimous vote by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Biden’s visit to Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday came the same day as the U.S. announced that children as young as 5 were now available for the updated COVID-19 boosters.
A 2022 study shows children born during the COVID-19 pandemic have nearly twice the risk of delays in communication and social development compared to babies born before. One pediatrician says parents shouldn't be alarmed.
A COVID-19 infection could cause inflammation that may exacerbate changes that are already happening in the brain, experts say.
The governor urged Kentuckians to get vaccinated and boosted against the coronavirus. And he called on leaders in government and other sectors to encourage people to get the shots.
The general consensus is that the new Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech boosters will arrive sometime this month, but depending on the facility, they may arrive earlier at certain places.
Illinois Comptroller Susan Mensoza tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday morning. She is vaccinated and boosted. She reports having mild symptoms.
The move on Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna. The hope is that the modified boosters will blunt yet another winter surge.
(AP) — COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna is suing its main competitors Pfizer and the German drugmaker BioNTech. It's accusing the rivals of copying Moderna’s technology in order to make their own vaccine.
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine on Friday for emergency use in adolescents. It is the fourth coronavirus vaccine available in the United States and, unlike the others, is uses a protein-based technology.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 25,085 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, the CDC says 42 Illinois counties are at the high community level for COVID-19.
"After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening. She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive," said Elizabeth Alexander, her communications director.
Local health professionals in the Local 6 region are reacting to changes on COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The shift is a sign of how much has changed since the beginning of the pandemic more than two years ago. Nearly the entire US population has at least some immunity through vaccination, previous infection or, in some cases, both.
(CNN) — President Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 but will remain in isolation pending a second test, his physician announced in a letter Saturday.
The 77-year-old Durbin's announcement comes after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said last week he tested positive following travel to the White House, Maine and Florida.
After participating in a virtual meeting to talk about computer chip manufacturing, Biden said "everything's on the button" with the medical tests he's been receiving each evening.
WEST KENTUCKY — The omicron BA.5 sub-variant is dominating among COVID-19 cases in the United States.
McCracken, Calloway and Graves counties are in the red on the Kentucky COVID-19 COVID018 community levels map. However, local hospitals say this isn't impacting hospitalization rates.
Over 39,000 people were included in the study — ages 18 to 80 — who were fully vaccinated and had not contracted COVID-19.
Second boosters have been authorized for adults 50 and older, as well as some people with weakened immune systems, since late March. But younger adults are eligible for only one booster shot.
The health department is encouraging people in those counties to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on the plan, clearing the way for the vaccinations to be administered this week.
The saliva-based SHIELD tests were developed by the University of Illinois. IDPH says the nonprofit SHIELD Illinois program provides tests on-demand through weekly screening testing in Illinois schools, businesses and government agencies.
(CNN) — The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the US, according to a senior administration official and a US Centers for Disease Cont…
Novavax's vaccine is made using small laboratory-built pieces of the coronavirus to stimulate immunity. This protein-based approach is a more traditional one for vaccine development than the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.
The wasted vaccine doses include some that expired on pharmacy shelves before they could be used, and others were tossed at the end of the day when no one wanted the last few doses in an opened vial.
(CNN) — COVID-19 vaccination shots for the youngest Americans could begin as soon as June 21, the White House said on Thursday.
Purchase District Health Department Director Kent Koster said there may be an error with the CDC numbers. However, he also said the past few weeks have seen a jump in cases.
Antibody levels tested one month after the third dose showed that the vaccine produced a similar immune response as two doses in 16 to 25 year olds, the companies said.
Right now, about a third of the U.S. population lives in areas that are considered at higher risk — mostly in the Northeast and Midwest.
The Food and Drug Administration’s action Tuesday now opens a third Pfizer shot to elementary-age kids, too — at least five months after their last dose.