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    Be aware: COVID is not done with us yet

    People are sick of hearing about COVID. So are we! But the truth is, the virus is not sick of us, and it’s not going anywhere. There has been nearly a 30 percent increase in COVID hospitalizations among elderly adults in the past two weeks. You should be aware of new information.

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    Third dose booster offers many benefits for children

    Like many common vaccines, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should have been a three-dose series. The first two injections prime the immune system, and the third boosts it to provide a higher antibody response. In 5 to 11 year olds, the booster more than doubles the antibody levels found following the second dose. Additionally, boosting has been shown in other age groups to further improve the antibodies so that they better bind the virus and provide more protection against variants.

  • The coronavirus has one strategy we can’t vaccinate against

    Vineet Menachery, a coronavirologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch talked to Katherine Wu about variants improving their ability to resist interferons. “There’s a domino effect,” Menachery said. Wu wrote: “More cells get infected; antibody and T-cell responses hang back, even as viral particles continue to spread. Eventually, the body may get wise and try to catch up. But by then, it may be too late. The brunt of viral replication might be over, leaving the immune frenzy to misdirect much of its havoc onto our own tissues instead.”

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    Covid Vaccine and Kids 5+

    Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez Lien shares what parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and the 5+ population.

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    Hand Hygiene 101: Preventing Disease

    National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 1-7) serves as an annual reminder to practice proper hand hygiene to curb the spread of disease.

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    Back to School Wellness

    Dr. Manuela Murray joined Meagan Clanahan of the Houston Moms Blog to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, back-to-school well-checks and more.

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    The best memories are made in person.

    Approved for individuals 12 years of age and older, the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available at all UTMB Health primary care clinics—just in time for back to school check-ups and physicals.

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    Understanding COVID-19 variants

    The development of SARS-CoV-2 variants isn’t a surprise. The shocking thing, based on what we thought we knew about coronaviruses, is the speed at which variants developed and spread. The question remains: Should we be worried?

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    What to know about pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines

    Much more is known about COVID-19 and pregnancy now that we’re a year into the pandemic. Fortunately, in the majority of cases, SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy turns out well. COVID-19 can be worsened, however, by the extra work of breathing and stress on the heart that occur with pregnancy.

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    Here are answers to a few of your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

    We’ve received many questions from readers anxious about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Several questioned if they should be vaccinated at all while others wondered if they need to continue wearing masks once vaccinated. I hope our responses help answer the questions you may have as well.

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    Benefits outweigh risks of COVID-19 vaccines

    Texans are lining up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine and many more are patiently waiting their turn. The good news is that while COVID-19 can be life-threatening, the only medical risk to vaccination is for those with a history of allergic reactions to these vaccines or their ingredients.

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    Which COVID-19 vaccine should you get?

    In front of the press, President-elect Joe Biden rolled up his sleeve for the Pfizer vaccine and Dr. Anthony Fauci for the Moderna vaccine. While some tried to read something into their choices, these vaccination events were likely arranged to instill public trust in both vaccines. Regardless, the public wants to know which vaccine is best.

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    When will it be my turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    It’s music to many physicians’ ears to hear people clamoring for their COVID-19 vaccine. The virus has damaged the economy and taken far too many lives. A year ago, it was unbelievable that effective, safe vaccines could be delivered in less than a year from the first identification of a new pathogen.

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    Here are some answers about new COVID-19 vaccines

    Two COVID-19 vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization in the United States. They’re commonly referred to as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Both are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and use a technology developed over the last decade.

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    'Immunity passport' might be our ticket back to normal

    The fantastic news about the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines has led many to ask when things will return to normal.

Vaccines available for ages 6 months to 5 years

Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine for younger children. On June 17, the FDA authorized Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines for children down to 6 months of age. On June 18, CDC endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are now eligible for vaccination. The FDA has determined that both vaccines are effective against severe disease while demonstrating excellent safety profile.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have different schedules and are not interchangeable.

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is for young children 6 months through 4 years of age. It is a three-dose primary series with doses one and two given three weeks apart and the third dose given at least 8 weeks after the second. Each dose is 0.2 mL after dilution.
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is for young children 6 months through 5 years of age. It is a 2-dose primary series (0.25 mL per dose) administered 1 month apart. The vaccine is also authorized to provide a third primary series dose (0.25 mL) to young children 6 months through 5 years of age who are immunocompromised to be administered at least 1 month following the second dose.

Both vaccines will be distributed to the UTMB pediatric clinics, but each clinic will receive only one type of vaccine. Parents are encouraged to use whichever vaccine is available in the clinic.

All children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated.

The director of CDC states that COVID-19 vaccines have undergone—and will continue to undergo—the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Parents and caregivers can play an active role in monitoring the safety of these vaccines by signing their children up for v-safe – personalized and confidential health check-ins via text messages and web surveys where they can easily share with CDC how a child feels after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child is eligible for either COVID-19 vaccine and has not yet received their primary series, getting them vaccinated can help protect them from the potentially severe consequences of the disease, such as hospitalization and death. Effective Monday, June 27, COVID -19 vaccines can be scheduled at UTMB online or via MyChart.