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The vaccines tend to prevent infection for only a few months, but they offer longer protection against hospitalization and death.
Updated coronavirus vaccine is recommended for all adults and children ages 6 months and older.
People at lower risk may not need an updated booster, but without a CDC recommendation, insurance companies wouldn’t have to cover it.
People ages 6 months and older are eligible for new Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech boosters targeting XBB.1.5 omicron variant.
Antibodies crossed the placenta, likely conferring some protection for newborns immediately after birth.
The program, launching this fall, will help uninsured people and those whose insurance does not cover free vaccines.
Study findings suggest people with chronic liver disease should be prioritized for booster shots.
Herpes, HIV, Epstein-Barr and other viruses hang around, causing potential long-term health woes. Should long COVID surprise us?
Increased protection against hospitalization or death was seen regardless of age or history of previous boosters.
While regular boosters may help keep vulnerable people out of the hospital, annual boosters might not be necessary for everyone.
Before they get COVID, people over 65 should have a plan for accessing antiviral treatment.
Older people, immunocompromised people and those with underlying health conditions can benefit most from additional shots.
The antiviral treatment reduced the risk of hospitalization or death from SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants in older adults by 44%.
As new cases of acute hepatitis among kids have declined, questions remain unanswered.
Updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna bivalent boosters contain spike proteins from the original and BA.4 and BA.5 omicron variants.
Fauci, who has directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, will step down in December.
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