‘COVID stakes are still high,’ Becerra tells aging services providers
Jan 19, 2023
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra sounded an alarm Wednesday for older adults to get boosted against COVID-19, as an increasing share are being hospitalized for severe illness. Becerra made the appeal during...
CDC: Stroke ‘very unlikely’ in seniors who receive updated COVID vaccine booster
Jan 18, 2023
The CDC is investigating bivalent booster shot safety after one of its monitoring systems flagged a potential risk of stroke among seniors.
Also in the News for Tuesday, Jan. 17
Jan 17, 2023
Database signals possible COVID vaccination stroke risk in seniors … Skilled nursing beds blew past $100K in fourth quarter of 2022 … Consumer Voice to CMS: Add resident acuity scale to any staffing...
U.S. vaccine acceptance grows by 20 percent from 2021 to 2022: survey
Jan 12, 2023
“Vaccination remains a cornerstone of the COVID-19 pandemic response, but broad public support remains elusive,” the researchers said.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Jean Wendland Porter
Jan 10, 2023
I got a board game for Christmas. It’s called The Worst Case Scenario, and requires the players to pull a card describing situations from discomfort to disaster and rate them from best to worst. Then...
Latest COVID shot cuts hospitalizations in seniors by 81 percent: study
Jan 10, 2023
Seniors who receive an omicron-adapted shot are 81% less likely to be hospitalized with severe COVID-19, according to a new study from Israel.
Study: COVID-19 vaccines more protective than natural immunity
Dec 16, 2022
Older adults who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are significantly less likely to die or become seriously ill than those with natural immunity caused by previous infection of the disease, according to...
Clinical briefs for Thursday, Nov. 17
Nov 17, 2022
New data suggest Moderna’s updated COVID booster is more effective against omicron variants … Slightly faster cognitive decline after knee replacement found in people aged 80 and older … Careful...
CDC releases vaccine coverage data for healthcare personnel, 2021-2022
Oct 24, 2022
A survey of U.S. workers, including LTC staff members, has revealed flu and COVID-19 vaccination trends. Employer requirements helped to move the needle, the researchers say.
New COVID booster shot rollout expected near Labor Day: officials
Aug 25, 2022
The FDA expects to soon authorize omicron-targeting shots. The White House is planning to distribute them as part of a fall vaccination campaign, federal officials say.