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COVID-19 vaccine for children? What every parent needs to know

Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently—please refer to the CDC for the most up-to-date vaccine information. The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine is now authorized by the FDA under emergency use authorization and recommended by the CDC as safe and effective for children ages 5-11. This is …

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Cortney’s story: My baby and I barely survived COVID-19

In February, I learned I was pregnant with the most precious gift, a baby girl three years in the making. After two miscarriages, chemo from a molar pregnancy, health issues and infertility struggles, I was finally pregnant. I diligently took my vitamins and some extra supplements and baby aspirin due to finding out I have …

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Lisa’s story: Reflecting on her dad’s life, cut short by COVID-19

As one of eight children and mom to two, family is everything to Lisa Havens. But family looks a lot different now after the passing of the family patriarch, her dad. Her dad may have been 84 when he passed from COVID-19 but according to Lisa, he still had a lot of life left to …

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9 common COVID-19 vaccine hesitations and how to respond to them

Hesitations and misunderstandings about the COVID-19 vaccines abound. You probably know someone who is skeptical about the vaccine or has chosen not to get vaccinated. It’s difficult to know what to say in those moments when the topic comes up, especially when someone you love starts spreading misinformation. Here are some conversation tips to help …

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How to talk to your unvaccinated loved ones about the COVID-19 vaccine

The benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine are clear, with research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from the virus than people who are vaccinated. But there are still so many opinions and beliefs out there about the vaccine, and still so …

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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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