The increased risks of heart attack and stroke after COVID shown in a recent study, could drive a new pandemic of heart disease over coming years.
About 8 million U.S. children have received two shots of COVID-19 vaccine and are now eligible for a third.
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The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective against severe illness leading to hospitalization and death in all age groups, including children ages 5 to 11.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle most commonly caused by a virus.
Myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination is rare, and the risk is much smaller than the risks of cardiac injury linked to COVID-19 itself.
Looking solely at health benefits, the case for vaccinating primary schoolers isn’t strong.
For many parents, the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine authorization for younger kids can’t come soon enough.
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Pediatric clinical trials for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 have shown that the Pfizer shot is safe and effective.
No third dose for now.
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An FDA panel has voted against recommending approval of a booster COVID-19 shot for the general population – disappointing some public health officials.
A small number of cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported following the mRNA COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. But this is no reason to avoid the jab.
Put into context, the benefits of vaccination still far outweigh the risks of rare adverse events.
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Ongoing tracking is meant to spot very rare risks – like the connection between the Johnson & Johnson shot and Guillain-Barré syndrome. And it relies on public reporting.
Over one-third of college athletes in the study who tested positive for COVID-19 had evidence of inflammation around the heart.
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Cardiologists say student athletes who test positive for COVID-19 should see their doctors to determine if heart tests are necessary, even if they don’t have symptoms.
Geoffrey McKillop (front) with his partner Nicola Dallet McConaghie as they left the hospital where he was discharged after surviving coronavirus.
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Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.
People with heart conditions at higher risk of severe COVID-19. But coronavirus appears to affect the heart directly, too.