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The US could authorize COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids by Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests

A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Kids from 5 to 11 could start getting COVID-19 shots by Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests. The company expects to submit data to the FDA for this younger age group in early October. Pfizer is testing a lower dose of its vaccine among young kids to avoid unnecessary side effects. See more stories on Insider's business page. Though daily vaccination rates are dec...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Children, Cbs News, US, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp


The most common side effects to expect after your Pfizer booster: headache, fatigue, and pain at the injection site

A health worker administers the Pfizer vaccine in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in the Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, on August 29, 2021. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer's COVID-19 booster shot yields mild to moderate side effects, much like its second dose. Injection-site pain is most common after a booster, according to data released Wednesday. People who received a third dose of Pfizer's vaccine also frequently reported headaches and fatigue. See more stor...
Tags: Science, News, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Trends, Walgreens, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Miami, Fda, Pfizer, Symptoms, Lancet, Los Angeles County, Side Effects


More than 3,500 women have reported period changes after their COVID-19 vaccine - but people should still get their shot, leading experts say

A person receives the AstraZeneca vaccine in Bologna, Italy on March 19, 2021. Michele Lapini/Getty Images People have reported heavier periods, delayed periods, or unexpected vaginal bleeding after a COVID-19 vaccine. But leading experts said these changes were mild and shouldn't deter people from getting a shot. The reports do not necessarily mean that COVID-19 vaccines change the menstrual cycle. See more stories on Insider's business page. Some women have reported changes to th...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, News, Trends, Healthcare, HPV, Astrazeneca, Vaccine, Sunday Times, Male, Ward, Imperial College, Brien, OB GYN


Teens experience side effects after Pfizer's shot slightly more than adults do. A chart shows the most common.

Malikai McPherson, 16, receives Pfizer's vaccine at a clinic in Melbourne, Florida, on May 17, 2021. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images The US authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds earlier this month. Adolescents in Pfizer's trials seemed to develop side effects more frequently than adults did. But even the most common side effects, like fatigue and headaches, were relatively minor. See more stories on Insider's business page. Durin...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, University Of Chicago, Pfizer, Boston Globe, Sardinia Italy, Lowell Massachusetts, Stony Brook Children s Hospital, Side Effects, Jim Davis, Paul Hennessy, Melbourne Florida


One chart shows the most common vaccine side effects for young people from 12 to 25, based on which dose they got

Malikai McPherson, 16, receives Pfizer's vaccine at a clinic in Melbourne, Florida, on May 17, 2021. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images The US authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds last week. Adolescents in Pfizer's trials seemed to develop side effects more frequently than adults did. But even the most common side effects, like fatigue and headaches, were relatively minor. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since the US a...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, University Of Chicago, Pfizer, Boston Globe, Johnson & Johnson, Sardinia Italy, Lowell Massachusetts, Stony Brook Children s Hospital, Side Effects, Jim Davis, Paul Hennessy


Coronavirus vaccines are more extraordinary in the real world than in trials - even in the face of variants

A physician injects a patient with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images Coronavirus vaccines are proving just as effective in real life as they were in clinical trials. That indicates that the vaccines are holding up well against variants. In Pfizer's case, the shot also seems to yield fewer side effects than in clinical trials. See more stories on Insider's business page. By the time coronavirus vaccines were rolled out to the public, tens o...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Coronavirus vaccines are exceeding expectations in the real world - even in the face of variants

A physician injects a patient with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images Coronavirus vaccines are proving just as effective in real life as they were in clinical trials. That indicates that the vaccines are holding up well against variants. In Pfizer's case, the shot also seems to yield fewer side effects than in clinical trials. See more stories on Insider's business page. By the time coronavirus vaccines were rolled out to the public, tens o...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Real-world data suggest the side effects from Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are not as bad as expected

SDI Productions/Getty Images Side effects from the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are less common in the real world than in trials. Research shows that one in four people who got either of those vaccines reported mild side effects. Other vaccines, too, might have lower rates of side effects than clinical trials indicated. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fewer people reported side effects after their Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines in the real world than in clinical trials...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccines, Headache, Zoe, Side Effects, King s College London, Moderna, Tim Spector, Coronavirus, COVID-19, SDI Productions Getty Images Side, Kelsie Sandoval Andrea Michelson


How to manage your coronavirus vaccine side effects - including tips for avoiding painkillers

A person takes a selfie after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Colorado. Michael Ciaglo / Stringer / Getty Images It's normal to have side effects for 48 hours after your coronavirus vaccine. But there are ways to minimize discomfort, like moving your arm or taking hot showers. Medical experts recommend avoiding pain relievers and strenuous exercise, if possible. See more stories on Insider's business page. Our immune systems are unique, so people respond differently to cor...
Tags: Science, News, Colorado, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Maine, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mount Sinai, Johnson & Johnson, Epsom, Icahn School of Medicine


US officials may need 2 weeks or more to determine if Johnson & Johnson's vaccine causes rare blood clots

A pharmacist at the Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Joseph Prezioso/Getty Images US agencies may need two weeks or more to know if Johnson & Johnson's shot causes rare blood clots. The CDC is shuffling to collect more data, two senior White House health officials told Politico. But medical experts worry that pausing the shot for much longer could increase vaccine hesitancy. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Arkansas, Healthcare, Fda, Pfizer, Johnson, Detroit, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University of Washington, Johnson & Johnson


Don't start doubting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines - after 185 million doses, there are no red flags about blood clots

A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London on December 8, 2020. AP Photo/Frank Augstein US regulators on Tuesday recommended an immediate pause in Johnson & Johnson's vaccine rollout. The CDC is investigating a possible association between the shot and six cases of rare blood clots. Medical experts said the same concerns do not apply to Pfizer's and Moderna's shots. See more stories on Insider's business page. For the fir...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, Washington Post, Cdc, US, Trends, Eu, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Don, American Medical Association


You are more likely to get a blood clot on birth-control pills than from the J&J vaccine - but not the same type of clot

A woman receives a Johnson & Johnson vaccine from nurse Gina Reed at a vaccination center at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5, 2021. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in the rollout of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 6.8 million Americans who got the shot, six women are known to have developed blood clots. Blood clots linked to birth-control pills are more common than that, but they're typical...
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Johnson & Johnson is having a very bad month - but fears of blood clots and other negative reactions are likely overblown

Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images US regulators on Tuesday recommended an immediate pause of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine rollout. Six women have developed rare blood clots following J&J's shot, but experts aren't worried yet. J&J has also encountered manufacturing snafus and reports of fainting at vaccination sites. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Maryland, Colorado, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Georgia, Eu, European Union, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Brazil, Astrazeneca


Johnson & Johnson had a very bad week - but fears of negative reactions and blood clots are likely overblown

Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images Three US vaccination sites temporarily stopped administering Johnson & Johnson's shot this week. The sites reported clusters of adverse reactions, but it's not known whether the shot was the direct cause. European regulators are also investigating rare blood clots tied to the vaccine, but experts aren't worried. See more stories...
Tags: Science, News, Maryland, Colorado, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Georgia, Eu, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Fda, Johnson


Why you can expect more severe vaccine side effects if you're younger or a woman

A person takes a selfie after getting vaccinated in Spain. CRISTINA QUICLER / Contributor / Getty Images Women and younger adults tend to have the most severe side effects after their coronavirus shots. Side effects are also more common and severe after dose two of Pfizer's or Moderna's shots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two people could walk into the same pharmacy on the same day and receive the same coronavirus vaccine - but their side effects will likely dif...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Spain, Getty Images, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles California, Side Effects, Moderna, Aria Bendix, Al Seib Los Angeles Times


The COVID-19 vaccine side effects you can expect based on your age, sex, and dose

Alameda County workers line up to receive coronavirus vaccines outside St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California, on January 8, 2021. Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images COVID-19 vaccine side effects can vary depending on a person's age, sex, or health status. Women and younger adults tend to have more side effects than men or older adults do. Side effects are generally more pronounced after the second dose than the first. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Wales, Cdc, Sex, Age, US, San Francisco, Trends, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cvs, Mount Sinai, Boston Globe


5 people share their Johnson & Johnson vaccine side effects, from sore arms to chills

A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson's study to test a coronavirus vaccine. Janssen All of the COVID-19 vaccines come with the possibility of side effects. Fewer Johnson & Johnson recipients had reactions compared to people in other vaccine trials. Still, Insider spoke with 5 people who had arm pain, chills, or headaches after the J&J shot. See more stories on Insider's business page. Chloe Kathuria, an 18-year-old college student, wrapped herself in a dozen...
Tags: Science, Trends, Yale, Davis, Pfizer, Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, Mendonca, Chicago Illinois, Wyman, Kamil Krzaczynski, Athens Ohio, Side Effects, Linda Davis, Hilton Chicago, Laura McLean


Two 13-year-old brothers are participating in Moderna's vaccine trial for kids. They're 'pretty chill' about it.

Gavin Preston (left) and Emmett Preston (right). Katie Preston Emmett and Gavin Preston, 13-year-old brothers, are participants in Moderna's vaccine trial. Moderna is studying the effects of its coronavirus shot among 3,000 kids from 12 to 17. The brothers said they didn't want to spread the virus to their mom, who has an autoimmune condition. See more stories on Insider's business page. At 13 years old, Emmett and Gavin Preston aren't yet eligible to receive a coronavirus...
Tags: School, Science, News, Children, US, Trends, Preston, Food And Drug Administration, Columbia University, Charleston, Charleston South Carolina, Katie, Gavin, Emmett, Side Effects, Moderna


The US hasn't authorized AstraZeneca's vaccine for 2 main reasons. That could change in April.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran receives the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on February 8, 2021. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images The US hasn't authorized AstraZeneca's vaccine because its trial is still going. Vaccine experts have also questioned inconsistencies in the company's global studies. AstraZeneca's US trial results will likely clear up confusion in April. See more stories on Insider's business page. After more than a dozen countries paused the us...
Tags: UK, Science, News, US, Trends, United States, South Africa, Brazil, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Pascal Soriot, Reuters, Copenhagen Denmark, Senate Finance Committee


Why Do I Sometimes Feel Like I'm Falling for No Reason?

To be alive is to feel fucking terrible, if not all then at least some of the time. Headaches, nausea, mysterious aches and pains—all conspire to make our short time on Earth something less than a nonstop thrill-ride. Worse than the routine ailments are the ones you can’t even name: sudden strobes of unwellness you…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Vertigo, Dizziness, Side Effects


Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’

While recovering in hospital after a serious car accident, a 55-year-old woman from Missouri began to complain of nausea and a bad taste in her mouth. A subsequent oral examination revealed an alarming sight—the patient’s tongue had turned black and was covered in hair-like structures. But while this rare condition…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Medicine, Drugs, Missouri, Side Effects, Clinical Medicine, Black Hairy Tongue



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