>> New COVID shots: how up to date are they?
>> Donation organization pleads
>> Patient Attacks Nurse
The Med & Mic™ 09.12.23
MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC
New COVID Vaccines
The FDA has approved two updated COVID vaccines for people over 12. The Moderna and Pfizer shots could become available later this week after the CDC advises on how they should be used. Most health insurers and Medicare will cover the cost of the immunizations.
While they don’t aim protection at the initial form of COVID-19 that arose from China, the shots target the XXB.1.5 version of Omicron, the dominant strain earlier this year. A new, highly mutated BA.2.86 variant has started to circulate around the world, but not so much in the U.S. yet. Moderna and Pfizer both say that the new vaccines produce strong antibody responses against the highly mutated form. (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell and M. Herper, 9.11.23)
American Red Cross Calls for Blood Donations
The national blood supply levels have dropped nearly 25%, according to the American Red Cross. The organization has made an appeal for platelet donors and people with type O blood especially. Extreme weather events and summer travel have strained collection efforts. (Source: The Hill, L. Sforza, 9.11.23)
Nurse in Critical Condition After Patient Attacks
A nurse working in the psychiatric department at a Rhode Island hospital was violently assaulted by a patient. The patient is in custody and the nurse is in critical condition. The patient was upset about his phone privileges when the nurse came to check on him in his room. Details of the attack are redacted, but hospital security footage captured the incident. (Source: WJAR, J. Bouras, 9.11.23)
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