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Should I get a fourth COVID-19 shot?

Most people don’t need a fourth shot yet. Researchers from Harvard Health, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and more recommend getting your initial vaccination round (either one shot of Johnson & Johnson or two shots of Pfizer or Moderna) PLUS one booster shot. This level of vaccination raises your immune response…

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Vaccine Effectiveness

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If the vaccines work, why should I get a booster?

It’s normal to need boosters for vaccines. (Think about all the boosters you got as a kid, for chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough, and more.) The reason you need them is because the vaccine doesn’t stay in your body. After triggering your immune system to start naturally producing the antibodies…

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Keiki & Family

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What are the cons of getting my keiki vaccinated?

Your keiki may experience mild side effects following their vaccination, such as pain at the injection site, tiredness, muscle or joint pain, or fever. These side effects usually resolve within a day or two. SOURCE: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid19-vaccine-what-parents-need-to-know (Johns Hopkins) Posted: 12/16/21

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Pregnancy & Fertility

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Should I get a booster shot if I am pregnant or after giving birth?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends you get a booster dose if you are pregnant or if you have recently given birth and you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 5 months ago. You can get a booster dose at any time during pregnancy. If you…

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VACCINE WORRIES

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Is there an issue with blood clots and the vaccines?

Close study of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine suggests that the chance of severe adverse reactions such as blood clots with low platelets is very small – but present. As of March 18, 2022, more than 18.5 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been given in the…

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Staying Covid Safe

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Should I get a fourth COVID-19 shot?

Most people don’t need a fourth shot yet. Researchers from Harvard Health, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and more recommend getting your initial vaccination round (either one shot of Johnson & Johnson or two shots of Pfizer or Moderna) PLUS one booster shot. This level of vaccination raises your immune response…

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MYTHS & FACTS

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MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccines were not rigorously tested, which is why they have only Emergency Use Authorization and not full FDA approval.

FACTS: Pfizer’s vaccine received full FDA approval for ages 16 and up on August 19, 2021. Moderna’s vaccine received full FDA approval for ages 18 and up on January 31, 2022. The development was more rapid than many other vaccines. But, it used the same process of Phase 1 and…

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