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Understanding vaccines

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What is the status of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

On May 5, 2022, the FDA limited the authorized use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to: Adults (18 or older) who cannot receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (either because of availability or health reasons) Adults (18 or older) who choose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or not…

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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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How do vaccines work with keiki?

The COVID-19 vaccine works similarly to other vaccines your keiki may have had: by teaching your keiki’s body what the virus looks like and giving their immune system a chance to learn how to fight it without actually being infected. The COVID vaccine in particular does this by providing a…

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Pregnancy & Fertility

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Can pregnant women with gestational diabetes get a second COVID booster shot?

As with all medical advice, it’s best to consult your doctor to determine what’s best for you. In very general term – yes, pregnant women are recommended to be vaccinated and boosted. However, to take into account your specific situation, please check with your doctor. Pregnancy causes changes to women’s…

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VACCINE WORRIES

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What is the status of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

On May 5, 2022, the FDA limited the authorized use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to: Adults (18 or older) who cannot receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (either because of availability or health reasons) Adults (18 or older) who choose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or not…

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Staying Covid Safe

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Is there any way to protect myself from long COVID?

Researchers report that the best way to prevent long COVID is to do everything you can to protect yourself from becoming infected in the first place. And, if you do catch COVID, get treatment right away. Their recommendations include: Stay up to date with your vaccinations Wear a good, clean…

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MYTHS & FACTS

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MYTH: I already had COVID-19, so I have natural immunity now. I don’t need the vaccine.

FACTS: Getting COVID may offer some natural protection, known as natural immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the COVID virus is uncommon in the first 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID…

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