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Arkansas hospitals and health advocates urge vaccinations during harsh flu season

BY: - December 14, 2022

Several Arkansas hospitals joined forces with the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement to urge Arkansans to get vaccinated against influenza, according to a Wednesday news release from ACHI. Baptist Health in Central Arkansas, Mercy Hospitals in Northeast Arkansas, Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville and St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro signed onto ACHI’s statement encouraging […]

A resident of a Chicago area senior center gets an influenza vaccine during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Health. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Arkansas doctors see flu, RSV uptick in light of pandemic

BY: - November 2, 2022

Arkansas has seen an uptick in cases of influenza after only a month of the typical flu season, although so far the state has not seen as many or as severe cases as neighboring states, medical professionals say. Additionally, the prevalence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has spiked after the usual season for the virus […]

FDA, CDC greenlight updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots beyond people 12 and older.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized the updated vaccines use in the morning before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended them […]

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress held its first hearing on monkeypox Wednesday, with lawmakers rebuking federal public health officials for their slow response to the outbreak, even though the hearing came four months after the first U.S. case was diagnosed. “By any measure, in fact by every measure, the response from the Biden administration on the monkeypox […]

A nurse gives a woman a booster shot to protect against COVID-19.

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and […]

College officials attend White House meeting on how to curb monkeypox on campus

BY: - August 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus.  The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 16, 2022

The Biden administration has begun encouraging health care providers to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox.