With a third COVID-19 shot, also known as a booster shot, being recommended against the battle of COVID-19, the possibility of people needing yearly booster shots is on the horizon. New research shows it may be a good idea to combine flu and COVID vaccines into one shot.
According to the CDC, you are able to get both the flu and COVID vaccine in the same visit, but it takes two separate needles.
Combining the two shots could make it easier for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu.
“It would make it so much simpler where, you know it’s a one-stop-shop, where you can take care of everything and not have to come back or make a separate appointment sometime in the future,” said Marlon Mansour, who was visiting San Luis Obispo County.
Dr. Robert Schooley with UC San Diego Health said people who have time constraints or difficulty managing multiple vaccine appointments could benefit from a combined shot.
“If you separate them, and you end up having to make separate appointments, or the schedules are different the chances you’re going to get both taken care of are much lower,” said Dr. Schooley.
A study published in the Lancet journal on January 31st followed 300 people that were split into three groups.
One group was given just the flu vaccine, the second group just mRNA COVID-19 booster, and the third group was given a mixture of the two. The study found people who got the mixed vaccine had just as many antibodies against COVID as people who received just the booster shot.
The same results were reflected with the flu vaccine group. Other data found that all three groups had similar side effects, and no serious reactions were reported. Many said they would be open to the idea of a combined shot as more research is done.
“I’d say just off of personal experience, it’s something I would be comfortable with. Of course, like most people I think with research more that you guys put out there and promote and get the positive effects, I definitely would be more comfortable taking it,” said Claudia Salina, who is still considering this idea.
“Much more convenient, you know the first priority is always safety, so you always want to make sure everything has been trialed before it happens,” said Alexus Councehooker, who is open to a combo shot.
Moderna reported working on a combined COVID-19 and flu vaccine and hope to have it ready by winter of 2023.
Peel Region reports its first confirmed case of monkeypox – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Peel Region has its first confirmed case of monkeypox.
According to Peel Public Health, the person infected is an adult male in his 30s who lives in Mississauga.
The heath unit said the risk to the public remains low.
Monkeypox, which comes from the same virus family as smallpox, spreads though close contact with an infected individual. Most transmission happens through close contact with the skin lesions of monkeypox, but the virus can also be spread by large droplets or by sharing contaminated items.
To reduce risk of infection, people are advised to be cautious when engaging in intimate activities with others. Vaccination is available for high-risk contacts of cases and for those deemed at high risk of exposure to monkeypox.
Symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash/lesions, which could appear on the face or genitals and then spread to other areas.
Anyone who develops these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and avoid close contact with others until they have improved and rash/lesions have healed.
While most people recover on their own without treatment, those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox should self-monitor for symptoms, and contact PPH to see if they are eligible for vaccination.
The Mississauga case is at least the 34th confirmed case of the disease in Ontario, with dozens more under investigation.
Monkeypox case count rises to more than 3400 globally, WHO says – The Globe and Mail
More than 3,400 confirmed monkeypox cases and one death were reported to the World Health Organization as of last Wednesday, with a majority of them from Europe, the agency said in an update on Monday.
WHO said that since June 17, 1,310 new cases were reported to the agency, with eight new countries reporting monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, WHO ruled last week, although WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was deeply concerned about the outbreak.
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Sudbury news: Northern agencies highlight national HIV testing day | CTV News – CTV News Northern Ontario
Monday was national HIV testing day. Officials say this year’s theme surrounds how getting tested is an act of self-care.
From clinics to self-testing kits, groups in the north say there are many options to get tested and everyone should use whichever way works best for them.
Just more than a year ago, Reseau Access Network in Sudbury teamed with Ready to Know and Get a Kit, groups that provide HIV self-testing kits at a pickup location.
Officials said it has been a huge success.
“We get a consistent number throughout each month and I can’t really divulge those figures, unfortunately, but as part of the overall study I can tell you the pickup of self-tests is a fraction of the amount of tests being ordered,” said Angel Riess, of Reseau Access Network.
“There’s actually a lot of tests being shipped to homes directly but I can confirm that they have been active and there’s a significant number of people who have chosen to engage in both programs.”
Elsewhere, the Aids Committee of North Bay and Area held a point-of-care testing clinic to mark the day.
“It’s an opportunity for us to remind everyone that getting tested is essential. If you don’t know you have HIV, you can’t take the steps to try to mitigate the possibility of spread,” said executive director Stacey Mayhall.
In addition to stopping the spread, knowing whether you are positive sooner rather than later can allow for a better quality of life.
“HIV is not a death sentence that it used to be,” said Riess.
“There have been advances in testing and medication and people can live long, healthy lives living with HIV.”
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