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US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave. Tweaked boosters rolled out for Americans 12 and older last month, doses modified to target today’s most common and contagious omicron ...

New COVID boosters arrive at Essex County clinics Monday

The Essex County Health Department is offering upgraded booster shots for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the department’s vaccine clinics starting on Monday. The updated boosters, called “bivalent boosters,” add components of recent variants of the coronavirus — ...

Polio virus detected in more wastewater near NYC

ALBANY — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday the state was stepping up its polio-fighting efforts as the virus that causes the life-threatening disease was detected in the wastewater of yet another county in the New York City area. Health officials began checking for signs of the virus ...

US counts millionth organ transplant while pushing for more

The U.S. counted its millionth organ transplant on Friday, a milestone that comes at a critical time for Americans still desperately waiting for that chance at survival. It took decades from the first success — a kidney in 1954 — to transplant 1 million organs, and officials can’t ...

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting variants

WASHINGTON — The U.S. on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today’s most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days. The move by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna that ...

US data reveals racial gaps in monkeypox vaccinations

The Biden administration said Friday there’s enough monkeypox vaccine available now but health officials say the shots aren’t getting to some of the people who need the protection the most. About 10% of monkeypox vaccine doses have been given to Black people, even though they account for ...