Once Known for Vaccine Skeptics, Marin Now Tells Them 'You're Not Welcome'
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For more than a decade, few places in the nation were associated with anti-vaccine movements as much as Marin County, the bluff-lined peninsula of coastal redwoods and stunning views just north of San Francisco. This corner of the Bay Area had become a prime example of a highly educated, affluent community with low childhood vaccination rates, driven by a contingent of liberal parents skeptical of traditional medicine. Marin was something of a paradox to mainstream Democratsnews.yahoo.com
Seven more COVID deaths, more than 1,000 new cases reported in RGV this week
This week, county officials in Hidalgo and Cameron counties reported five and two COVID-related deaths, respectively. The deaths of the five Hidalgo County residents raised the total number deaths due to COVID in the county to 4,003. In Hidalgo County, officials reported 851 new cases this week including 242 confirmed and 609 probable cases. As for hospitalizations, there were 47 patients hospitalized throughout Hidalgo County with COVID at the beginning of the week. Cameron County health officials reported 341 new cases this week including 197 confirmed and 144 probable cases.myrgv.com
Flu Season Arrives
Heading into flu season, the Brownsville Independent School District is following lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic by purchasing doses of the QAV high-dose flu vaccine to vaccinate faculty and staff against the seasonal flu. “It’s very important for people to not just get their COVID vaccines but also their flu vaccines because flu’s still out there whether or not people think it’s ended, it’s still out there,” Alonso Guererro. Andrew Pekosz, a virologist and professor of microbiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, predicted a strong flu season to the American Association of Retired People. “You can never predict with 100 percent certainty, but all signs predict influenza will be back this year, and data from Australia suggests it will be a strong flu season,” he said. The district has purchased 3,000 flu vaccines to begin the effort.myrgv.com
Brownsville ISD to provide flu shots to faculty, staff
Heading into flu season, the Brownsville Independent School District is following lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic by purchasing doses of the QAV high-dose flu vaccine to vaccinate faculty and staff against the seasonal flu.myrgv.com
Cancer deaths in US fall steadily with better treatments, prevention
More people are surviving cancer than ever before in the U.S. according to a new report by the American Association for Cancer Research. Experts say this is due to significant strides in treatments, diagnostic tools and prevention strategies.news.yahoo.com
4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters
U.S. health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts bemoaned President Joe Biden’s recent remark that “the pandemic is over.” The White House said more than 5 million people received the new boosters by its own estimate that accounts for reporting lags in states. “No one would go looking at our flu shot uptake at this point and be like, ‘Oh, what a disaster,’” said Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.news.yahoo.com
Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on Australian Open
Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday at the Laver Cup. Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam champion — a total that stands second among men, behind only Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one ahead of Roger Federer's 20 — and he has won a record nine of those trophies at Melbourne Park.news.yahoo.com
WH touts progress on COVID, pushes Congress for more funding
After a “60 Minutes” interview in which President Biden declared “the pandemic is over,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spotlighted the administration’s efforts to fight the outbreak. Jean-PIerre acknowledged that COVID-19 is still “a problem,” and urged Congress to pass legislation that would fund vaccines and treatments to continue to fight the coronavirus.news.yahoo.com
China health chief warns against 'skin-to-skin contact with foreigners' amid first case of monkeypox
A senior Chinese health official recently warned people on social media not to touch foreigners as the country reported its first case of monkeypox. In a Weibo post on Saturday, Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced that China now has one case of monkeypox that “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions. "It is necessary and important to strengthen the monitoring and prevention of monkeypox," Wu wrote.news.yahoo.com
Hidalgo County nears 4,000 COVID-related deaths
Another 10 Rio Grande Valley residents died due to COVID-related complications, county officials reported this week, bringing Hidalgo County near 4,000 total COVID deaths. Hidalgo County reported six more residents died due to COVID-19, raising their total number of COVID-related deaths to 3,993. This brings their total number of COVID-related deaths to 2,297. Cameron County health officials reported 542 new cases this week including 236 confirmed cases, 296 probable, and 10 self-reported cases. Last week, COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the entire Valley were trending down but continued to see small spikes.myrgv.com
EU regulator clears Pfizer-BioNTech's tweaked COVID booster
The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of a tweaked booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against two of the latest versions of omicron, as countries look to bolster their immunization programs ahead of winter.
Athletic trainers caution about student injuries after 2 years of online practices
After two years of many in-person practices and games canceled because of COVID-19, students are returning to athletics in full force. However, too much too soon can lead to injuries. Overuse injuries and ACL injuries are on the rise, especially in girls.
FDA recommends people perform repeat or serial testing when taking at-home COVID-19 tests to reduce risk of false negative results
The FDA says if repeat testing is not performed after a negative result, an infection may be missed and people may unknowingly spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus to others, especially if they are not experiencing symptoms.