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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids

(AP) Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group. The shots could begin in early ...

Local organization marks domestic violence awareness month

MALONE — Community Connections of Franklin County is marking this year’s domestic violence awareness month by sharing information on the programs available to domestic abuse survivors and raising awareness about domestic violence. In recognition of October being domestic violence ...

It’s flu vaccine time, even if you’ve had your COVID shots

Amid all the focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, U.S. health experts have another plea: Don’t skip your flu shot. Flu cases have dropped to historically low levels during the pandemic. The U.S. and Europe experienced hardly any flu last winter, and the Southern Hemisphere just ended its second ...

COVID cases are falling, but US on the brink of 700,000 dead

MINNEAPOLIS — A decline in COVID-19 cases across the United States over the past several weeks has given overwhelmed hospitals some relief, but administrators are bracing for yet another possible surge as cold weather drives people indoors. Health experts say the fourth wave of the pandemic ...

Ban on ‘surprise’ medical bills on track for Jan. 1 rollout

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday put final touches on consumer protections against so-called “surprise” medical bills. The ban on charges that hit insured patients at some of life’s most vulnerable moments is on track to take effect Jan. 1, officials said. Patients ...

Some fear boosters will hurt drive to reach the unvaccinated

NEW YORK — The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the U.S. hasn’t had the desired effect so far, with the number of Americans getting their first shots plunging in recent weeks. And some experts worry that the move to dispense boosters could just make matters worse. The ...