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US childhood vaccination exemptions reach their highest level ever

NEW YORK — The proportion of U.S. kindergartners exempted from school vaccination requirements has hit its highest level ever, 3%, U.S. health officials said Thursday. More parents are questioning routine childhood vaccinations that they used to automatically accept, an effect of the ...

Report: Vaping by high school students dropped this year

NEW YORK — Fewer high school students are vaping this year, the government reported Thursday. In a survey, 10% of high school students said they had used electronic cigarettes in the previous month, down from 14% last year. Use of any tobacco product — including cigarettes and cigars — ...

COVID-19 treatments to enter market with hefty price tag

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 treatments millions of Americans have taken for free from the federal government will enter the private market next week with a hefty price tag. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is setting the price for a five-day treatment of Paxlovid at $1,390, but Americans can still ...

Health care professionals discuss loss of services regionally

PLATTSBURGH — In recent years, health care services in the North Country have dwindled. Local health care professionals say it’s only getting worse. “When I started in the emergency room,” Chris Swiesz, a nurse at The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians ...