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Infectious Disease

What to know about the highly contagious Delta variant

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Whether you’re vaccinated or not, it’s a safe bet thoughts of the COVID-19 Delta variant have crossed your mind in the past few weeks. Texas is currently experiencing a surge of …

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Back to school in 2021: How to keep your kids safe, healthy and in school

It’s time for kids to go back to school. As the pandemic has shown us, kids do their best learning and social development in person. Of course, we want them to be healthy and safe, but we also want them to be in class. The great news is, a few common-sense measures can help keep …

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Why childhood vaccination matters: A parent’s guide to kids and the COVID-19 vaccine

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. If you’re a parent like me, you likely have the COVID-19 vaccine on your mind these days. With the Pfizer vaccine now authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and …

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Fully vaccinated? Here’s how to travel safely in the U.S.

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. After so much time at home, it’s no surprise that many of us are now itching to travel. Whether you’re planning a postponed vacation, visiting loved ones or simply looking for …

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How to communicate clearly while masking up

Amid COVID-19, phrases like “I can’t hear you!” and “I’m sorry, what did you say?” have become common ones. For both people with normal hearing and hearing loss, face masks and physical distancing can cause communication difficulties. Since communication is important for social interaction and our mental health, let’s talk about some tips and strategies …

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Gym safety: How to exercise safely during COVID-19

Exercise for each and every one of us is important — and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic is equally, if not more, important. No matter what type of exercise is right for you, it’s a way to not only keep your body moving, but also give your mind a break for the sake of your mental health.  The caveat? …

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Understanding the different COVID-19 vaccines

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Now that there are several different COVID-19 vaccines in distribution across the country, it’s time to address common questions about each to help you make sense of the similarities and differences. …

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How your body builds immunity against COVID-19

After receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, folks are asking, what happens with our immune systems? What is actually going on inside of the body? And how long does it take to build immunity? Here is a breakdown of information on how vaccines work. Step one: Build a defense  Our immune systems have defense mechanisms that are …

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What to know about the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine

Information and guidance about COVID-19 care and vaccination continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. Distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine is underway, providing another highly effective source of vaccination for everyone. As we work to reach herd immunity, having more vaccine options available …

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