Missed measles vaccinations put nearly 40 million children at risk worldwide, report finds

Worldwide measles vaccinations in children declined significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, making the disease an “imminent threat” worldwide, according to a joint report released Wednesday from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2021, a record high of nearly 40 million children missed a measles vaccine dose: … Read more

Omicron boosters better at preventing COVID infection than previous shots: CDC

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the updated, bivalent COVID-19 boosters provided better protection against infection when compared to multiple doses of the original mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The study, conducted between September and November, analyzed more than 360,000 viral tests for adults. The tests came from nearly 10,000 … Read more

Coalition calls for increased CDC oversight

The Health Innovation Alliance on Tuesday called on congressional leadership to pass legislation that would increase accountability for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies. “Not only has the CDC been provided an extensive amount of additional funding for COVID-19 response, but the agency failed to update and modernize … Read more

11.3% of Middle and High Schoolers Use Tobacco Products, CDC Says

Nov. 14, 2022 — More than 3 million middle and high school students said they used tobacco products in the last 30 days, the CDC reports.  That’s 11.3% of students surveyed. Overall, 16.5% of high school students and 4.5% of middle schoolers reported current tobacco use, the CDC said in its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality … Read more

CDC issues updated guidance on prescribing opioids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday issued new guidance for providers on prescribing opioids for chronic pain, updating its current recommendations that have been in place since 2016. The CDC proposed new opioid prescription guidelines earlier this year amid criticisms that the old ones had resulted in worsened outcomes for patients … Read more

Health Care — ObamaCare open enrollment set to begin

Happy Halloween! Send us your pictures of pets in costumes (even if they hate it).  In health news, Tuesday marks the start of ObamaCare’s 10th open enrollment period — and experts think it will be busy. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. For … Read more

Poliovirus found in NY wastewater genetically linked to case that paralyzed New York man

Poliovirus found in samples of wastewater in New York state have been genetically linked to the case of polio that resulted in an unvaccinated man becoming paralyzed earlier this year. New York health officials reported in July that a case of polio had been detected in Rockland County. This was the first U.S. case of … Read more

Most patients hospitalized for monkeypox were HIV-positive in CDC report

The vast majority of hospitalized monkeypox patients observed in a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were found to be HIV-positive, bringing attention to the need for early treatment for those who have a high risk of developing a severe infection. Between August and October of this year, the CDC … Read more

CDC director Walensky tests positive for COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a release from the agency. Walensky tested positive Friday night and is experiencing mild symptoms, the CDC said. The director is isolating at her home and will participate in planned meetings virtually in accordance with CDC guidelines.  … Read more

CDC advisers recommend adding COVID-19 shots to regular immunization schedule

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted Thursday to include the COVID-19 vaccine on the list of routine immunizations for adults and children as young as six months old. The agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously voted to add the COVID-19 shot to the 2023 list, which includes the flu, measles … Read more