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FAQs: New COVID-19 Booster Shots

It’s been a long slog that isn’t over yet—as temperatures begin to fall, cases of COVID-19 are expected to rise. Fortunately, updated vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer targeting the latest version of the omicron variant are now available. The new booster is a bivalent vaccine, which means it has two parts, the original vaccine plus…

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FAQ: COVID-19 Booster Shots for Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, giving millions of kids the opportunity for increased protection against COVID-19. This booster dose would be given five months after the second dose in the initial two-shot series. We asked UNC Health…

Adolescents, Children's Health, Coronavirus

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FAQs: Second Booster Shots for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends certain groups receive a second COVID-19 booster shot. This means that if someone had previously received three Moderna or Pfizer shots, they can now get a fourth shot. For those who received two Johnson & Johnson shots, or a Johnson & Johnson shot and a…

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Simplifying Boosters: How to Know When to Get One

Editor’s note: This article originally ran October 26, 2021, and was updated November 22, 2021, January 10, 2022, May 2, 2022 and May 20,2022, to reflect updated public health guidance. COVID-19 booster shots remain incredibly important as the pandemic continues, with case counts ebbing and flowing and new variants expected. People who are vaccinated and…

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‘Breakthrough Cases’ Are Expected, and Boosters Can Help

Editor’s note: This article originally ran October 3, 2021, and was updated January 10, 2022, to reflect updated public health guidance. When you look at the scientific data—and our country’s lived reality—there is no debate: COVID-19 vaccines work. The overwhelming majority of people who have been hospitalized with or died from COVID-19 over the past…

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When to Get Your COVID-19 Booster if You’re Pregnant or Trying to C...

Editor’s note: This article originally ran December 3, 2021, and was updated January 10, 2022, to reflect updated public health guidance. Pregnancy is all about timing: when you ovulate, when you conceive, your first, second and third trimesters, your due date. So when should pregnant women or women trying to conceive receive their COVID-19 booster…

Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Vaccines

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3 Things You Need to Know About COVID-19 Boosters

Editors note: For the latest guidance on boosters, see “Simplifying Boosters: How to Know When to Get One.”  A much larger swath of the population recently became eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters, but you need to meet certain criteria to get this supplemental third shot. First, you have to have received the second dose of…

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8 Tips for Car Seat Safety at Every Age and Size

It’s a statistic that no parent wants to think about: Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1 to 13, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It’s no surprise that keeping your child buckled in a car seat or booster seat is the best way to…

Babies, Children's Health, Safety, Toddlers and Preschoolers

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3 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot This Year

Editor’s note: This article originally ran August 30, 2021 and was updated Sept. 4, 2022. You’ve got your COVID-19 vaccine and any boosters you’re eligible for—you’re all set for the sickness seasons of fall and winter, right? Not quite. You’ll want to add the annual flu shot to your “stay healthy” to-do list. “The flu…

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How to Protect Your Immunocompromised Child from Infection

Everyone gets sick once in a while. Fortunately, our bodies have amazing immune systems to fight off bacteria and viruses that make us feel bad. But when a child’s immune system is weakened because of another illness or medicines they are taking, extra precautions are needed to avoid additional infections, says Eveline Wu, MD, a…

Children's Health, Immune Health

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Prepare for a Healthier School Year

With another school year just around the corner, parents, children and teachers can add a fourth “R” to reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic—reducing your risk of getting sick. Common illnesses such as colds, the flu and COVID-19 can run rampant anywhere lots of people gather, and schools are no exception. Omicron variants of COVID-19 are still…

Coronavirus, Infectious Diseases, School-Age Children

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COVID-19 Now: 4 Things You Need to Know

It may seem like everyone you know has COVID-19 right now—even people who are vaccinated and boosted or have had COVID-19 before. So, what gives? While facing yet another surge is frustrating—especially if you have tried to be very careful in protecting yourself and your loved ones—the emergence of this new, even more contagious subvariant…

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