Timely immunisation protects children from life-threatening diseases – ET HealthWorld

By Ritika Sakhuja New Delhi: Vaccines play a crucial role in preventing life-threatening diseases, especially in children as their immune system isn’t fully developed. Timely immunisation is essential for children to protect them from life-threatening diseases that vaccines can easily prevent. Thus, it is crucial for parents, guardians and childcare workers to understand the consequences and methods to rectify the declining rates of childhood vaccinations. Children’s vaccinations are as important as breast milk and a nutritious diet for their growth and development. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a severe decline in…

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Heart inflammation 11 times higher among the unvaccinated after Covid: Oxford study – ET HealthWorld

London: The risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in unvaccinated individuals after the Covid infection was at least 11 times higher compared to people who developed the heart condition after receiving a vaccine or booster dose, a detailed analysis of nearly 43 million people, ages 13 and older, has revealed. Several previous studies and reports from public health agencies, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have highlighted a possible connection and potentially increased risk of myocarditis after receiving an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, generating considerable…

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Vaccination, precaution key to halting fourth COVID wave – ET HealthWorld

By Artika Bansal New Delhi: India is currently witnessing a surge in COVID-19 infections across states. This has led to speculation that it could be the onset of the fourth wave in the country. India’s daily COVID-19 tally has crossed the 10,000-mark for the first time since February. According to the Union Health Ministry, India logged 12,781 new COVID-19 cases as of Monday and the country’s active caseload has now increased to 76,700. Amidst the scare of the fourth wave in the country, 22 out of 36 states and union…

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How Twitter influences Covid vaccination rates – ET HealthWorld

New York, Sentiments toward Covid-19 vaccines, whether positive or negative, previews subsequent vaccination rates, finds a study of related Twitter posts. Vaccination can help end the continuing surges and new variants of the Covid pandemic. But vaccine hesitancy undermines the impact of vaccination individually and collectively. Compounding this is the role of social media, which increasingly amplifies both information and misinformation regarding vaccination, raising questions about how, specifically, these platforms affect vaccination rates. The study, conducted by researchers at New York University, showed that positive sentiment, expressed on Twitter, toward…

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Center Alerts These 5 States Over COVID-19

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has advised Delhi and four states to follow a five-pronged strategy of testing, detection, treatment, immunisation and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour The rising COVID-19 cases have become a matter of concern again in the country and in such a situation, the central government has instructed the states to be more vigilant. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Mizoram have been alerted by the Center on Tuesday. The government has said that these states should keep a close watch to prevent the spread of corona…

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Covid-19 Vaccination Coverage Crosses 186.36 Cr Amid Risk Of Third Wave

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 186.36 Crore (1,86,36,94,334).  More than 5,79,138 vaccine doses have been administered and over 2.39 crore (2,39,82,437) vaccine doses have been administered to the 12-14 years age group so far, it said.  The ministry said that more than 2.51 crore (2,51,02,641) precaution doses for the identified categories of beneficiaries (HCWs, FLWs and Over 60 years) for COVID vaccination have been administered so far.  India reported 949 new cases in the last 24 hours,…

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WHO says it is analysing two new Omicron COVID sub-variants – ET HealthWorld

The World Health Organization said on Monday it is tracking a few dozen cases of two new sub-variants of the highly transmissible Omicron strain of the coronavirus to assess whether they are more infectious or dangerous. It has added BA.4 and BA.5, sister variants of the original BA.1 Omicron variant, to its list for monitoring. It is already tracking BA.1 and BA.2 – now globally dominant – as well as BA.1.1 and BA.3. The WHO said it had begun tracking them because of their “additional mutations that need to be…

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Neurological problems no higher after vaccination; depression, anxiety risk tied to COVID severity – ET HealthWorld

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Neurological risks not higher after COVID-19 vaccines COVID-19 vaccination did not increase risks for rare neurological conditions among more than 8 million people who had received at least one dose of a vaccine from AstraZeneca , Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, according to researchers. Their study also included 735,870 unvaccinated individuals who had tested positive for the…

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Over 3 Lakh Children Aged 12-14 Yrs Receive First Shot Of COVID Vaccine On Day 1

Over 3 lakh children between 12 and 14 years have received their first shot of Covid vaccine taking the total doses administered in the country to over 180.80 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data. The vaccination against COVID-19 in the age group of 12-14 years started on Wednesday with Biological E’s intramuscular vaccine Corbevax, two doses of which are to be administered 28 days apart. As of March 1, 2021, there were 4.7 crore children aged 12 and 13 years in the country. More than 2.15 crore precaution doses…

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