Tag: immune system

  • Another way to think about the best COVID vaccine

    Another way to think about the best COVID vaccine

    Back in February, when COVID-19 vaccines were still largely restricted to the most vulnerable among us, public health leaders were determined to send a unified message: don’t worry about the differences between vaccines. “All three are really pretty good, and people should go with the one that is best available to them,” Anthony Fauci called…

  • Am I fully vaccinated if I don’t get a booster?

    Am I fully vaccinated if I don’t get a booster?

    The definition of Full vaccination against COVID-19 has been a bit difficult to pin down since winter. It takes a Johnson & Johnson dose, but it takes two doses of an mRNA vaccine. The CDC will count you as fully vaccinated as soon as you receive your last vaccination, however told that you will not…

  • What happens when vaccinated people get COVID-19?

    What happens when vaccinated people get COVID-19?

    A new dichotomy has begun to haunt the discourse of the pandemic. With the rise of the super-transmissible Delta variant, experts say any going to get vaccinated, or going to get the coronavirus. For some people, a decent number of us will actually be both. Coronavirus infections are occurring among vaccinated people. They will continue…

  • The CDC has no guidance on how to behave after the booster

    The CDC has no guidance on how to behave after the booster

    In the winter, when the COVID-19 vaccines were fresh and his immune system wasn’t cleared, Mike Ford knew his marching orders: don’t gather in crowds or socialize without a mask; stay home and get the jab when asked. Then came late March and the first of his two Pfizer recordings. Once vaccinated, Ford, a Ph.D.…

  • COVID Risk Factors Could Be Hiding In Our Genes

    COVID Risk Factors Could Be Hiding In Our Genes

    Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET on October 6, 2021 On the surface, the September 24 announcement from the head of the CDC outlining who, exactly, would be eligible for COVID-19 booster shots seemed like a clarifying moment. But even as the agency’s leader, Rochelle Walensky, declared the need to make “concrete recommendations that optimize health,”…

  • The flu season is likely to come

    The flu season is likely to come

    On Saturday morning, I finally rolled up my sleeve for the vaccine I’d been waiting for all summer: my annual flu shot, a technological marvel that I want to receive every fall. In times without a pandemic, the flu vaccine is a hot fall product that holds a coveted place in the public health spotlight.…

  • Vaccine analogies fail us

    Vaccine analogies fail us

    This is, in a way, a mea culpa. I’ve been reporting on the COVID-19 vaccines for about a year, a task that kept me teaching how immunity boosting vaccinations work and why. The recordings are new and the immunology is complex. So, like so many others in journalism and science, I turned to analogies to…

  • Diabetes Criteria For Diagnosis and Self Testing Tips

    Diabetes Criteria For Diagnosis and Self Testing Tips

    Sixteen million Americans have diabetes, yet many are not aware of it. African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans have a higher rate of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Hence, the need for Diabetes Criteria For Diagnosis and Self Testing Tips. Diabetes has potential long term complications that can affect the kidneys, eyes, heart, blood vessels…

  • What is Type 1 Diabetes?

    What is Type 1 Diabetes?

    In type 1 diabetes a person’s pancreas is not able to make enough insulin for the body to function properly. Type 1 diabetes is considered an autoimmune disease – the body’s cells attack the cells in the pancreas that produces insulin either destroying them entirely or enough of them that there isn’t enough insulin. People…