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Are the updated COVID vaccines preventing severe disease?

Infectious Diseases Vaccines

Yes. The updated COVID vaccines are showing strong protection against severe disease in the real-world. Several new studies have estimated the effectiveness of the updated (XBB.1.5- targeted) COVID vaccines that rolled out this past fall. In the Netherlands, researchers linked data on hospital admissions to vaccine registry data for people who were at least 60. Their fall Read more…

I never had chickenpox as a child. Do I need the shingles vaccine?

Infectious Diseases Vaccines

Yes, even if you believe that you never had chickenpox as a kid, you should still get the shingles vaccine. CDC’s recommendation for shingles vaccine is specific about this. The shingles vaccine (Shingrix) is recommended for everyone over age 50 and certain younger people—whether or not they report any history of herpes zoster infection (chickenpox). Read more…

What is COVID rebound?

Infectious Diseases

COVID rebound is like watching an encore to a show you disliked the first time. Just when you’re feeling better, COVID comes back, and you’re feeling crummy again. ➡️ The good news is that rebound cases are usually mild. ➡️ The bad news is that they can be contagious. So, if you notice new COVID Read more…

Is COVID-19 surging?

Infectious Diseases

Yes. If it seems like everyone you know has gotten COVID-19 in the past 3 weeks, you aren’t wrong-cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all on the rise in the U.S. Over the past 3-4 weeks, at least 4 Nerdy Girl families were hit with COVID-19, so if you feel like COVID-19 is everywhere, you are Read more…