Infectious Disease

What is the COVID-19 vaccine made of? mRNA explained

The first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are what’s called messenger RNA vaccines, also referred to as mRNA vaccines. These vaccines have proven 94-95% effective at preventing the COVID-19 virus and are a crucial step to keeping you, your family and our communities safe. But we get it — while researchers have …

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Pregnant or trying to conceive? What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

If you’re pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, you likely have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine — Is it safe for you? Are there any risks to your baby? Can the vaccine impact fertility for women of childbearing age? As an OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, I hear you. These are important questions to …

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What to expect when you get the COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, you may be wondering what to expect when it comes time for your vaccination appointment. Studies submitted to the CDC demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines — and getting vaccinated is fundamental to keeping you, your loved ones and your community safe.  Here’s what’s involved in …

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COVID-19 home treatments: Facts vs. myths

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Texas and across our country, people are looking everywhere for advice on what to do if they get sick with coronavirus. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there.  So, with that being said, what advice can we actually count on? Let’s address four areas where there are common …

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COVID-19 testing: How to choose the right test for you

What should you do if think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or SARS CoV-2? With a handful of options available for coronavirus testing, there is quite a bit of confusion about what to do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed.  Let’s try and simplify this. Stay smart and stay home …

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Life after COVID-19: Helping patients overcome lasting coronavirus symptoms

Over the last several months, we have all witnessed the numerous ways COVID-19 can leave a lasting impact on a person’s life and health. Ongoing problems can occur for anyone who has contracted COVID-19, not just those who have been hospitalized or faced serious illness. The list of potential lasting effects is a long one, …

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When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Updated 12/22/20 Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently — please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (or your local state authorities) for the most up-to-date information. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the …

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Kids and COVID-19: What every parent needs to know

With COVID-19 still spreading in many communities, there are a number of concerns about how the virus will affect our kids, especially now that winter has arrived and school is in full swing.  As a pediatrician, let me first say that you are not alone in these worries — as a parent, it’s only natural …

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How to help elderly loved ones weather the pandemic

Since March, when the World Health Organization declared that the novel coronavirus was widespread enough to be considered a global pandemic, every facet of life as we know it has been impacted. But not all are affected equally.  Very early on in the pandemic, it became clear that elderly people are disproportionately predisposed to severe …

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