As the pandemic has progressed, so has scientists’ understanding of why masks matter and how best to protect against COVID.
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Good science doesn’t eliminate uncertainty: it explains it.
Experts estimate that close to 90% of the U.S. population must be vaccinated to reach herd immunity for COVID-19.
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Vaccination campaigns like the ones that eventually eliminated polio and measles in the United States required decades of education and awareness in order to achieve herd immunity in the U.S. population.
Studying trends in public adverse event reporting could help researchers address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.
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Anti-vaccine activists are using the side effect reporting system to spread fear and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. But the database could also be used as a gauge for public concerns.
Many individuals are rejecting the COVID-19 vaccines for personal reasons.
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America’s founders accepted the reality of human selfishness. But, they also said people were capable of thinking for the good of the whole, which is necessary for a free society.
A high school student gets his COVID-19 shot at a pop-up vaccine clinic at a public charter school in Los Angeles.
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For decades, US schools have been common sites for vaccine clinics to respond to outbreaks and provide catch-up immunizations. So why are they suddenly controversial?
By 1980, all U.S. states required immunization for school attendance. Ontario followed suit in 1982.
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The effects of Ontario’s compulsory school immunization show there are advantages and disadvantages of requiring vaccination.
Pharmacist Jessica Sahni prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New York City.
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Now that two COVID vaccines have been authorized by the FDA, questions arise. Today, a physician from Indiana University School of Medicine answers five reader questions.
Strategies to ease pain and fear during injections are recommended by health organizations such as the Canadian Paediatric Society.
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These strategies for easing needle pain and fear make vaccinations and other injections easier for parents and children. They are simple and helpful for all ages, from infants to adults.
Pharmacist immunisers are gradually being allowed to give more types of vaccines.
You no longer have to go to your GP to get your flu shot or catch up on vaccinations you missed earlier in life or have waning immunity to. But they’re unlikely to be free.
If you want to know where measles is a problem, look for countries with rising populist parties.
It’s not just measles you need to worry about.
One reason for the likes of the anti-vaxxers movement is a misplaced faith in Mother Nature.