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COVID-19

What you need to know about the COVID-19 Omicron variant

Information and guidance about COVID-19 continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. As the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads across our state, here’s what you need to know to keep you and your family safe. If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, the symptoms of the …

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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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Why you’ve been feeling so “blah” lately

Most of us recall where we were when we heard the news: local governments across the country issue mandatory stay-at-home orders due to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. “Two weeks,” we were told. Two weeks of staying at home, social distancing and quarantining until things get back to normal. The problem is, the pandemic carried on …

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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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6 contagious illnesses for parents to watch out for this school year

Once school gets started, all viral illnesses are in play. Think about it—all those kids touching and playing as kids do, putting their hands all over surfaces in classrooms, sharing toys. Plus, kids aren’t the best at washing their hands and covering their coughs. This makes schools and daycares hotbeds for a lot of contagious …

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