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Infectious Disease

COVID-19 variants: What are they and where are they coming from?

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. Lately, we’ve been hearing that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is changing, developing variants that may have different characteristics. As the curiosity catches up to us, we ask, what is that all about? How …

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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

Updated August 2021. 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 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 …

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What to expect when you get 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. 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 …

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COVID-19 home treatments: Facts vs. myths

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. 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 …

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

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. 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 …

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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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