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The Med & Mic™ 05.17.22

>> Free COVID vaccines extended

>> The upside of the pandemic for food-allergic families

>> An adolescent vaccine appears to protect the unvaccinated, too

>> Nursery product outlawed

>> Will grade school kids get a third shot?

The Med & Mic™ 05.17.22

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Public health emergency extends

The COVID-19 public health emergency will extend past mid-July. The declaration allows the government to grant emergency use authorization for medicines and vaccines and to give those products to people with no out-of-pocket cost. Organizations, such as the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have lobbied for the extension. More from Bloomberg.

Allergy anxiety decreased

During the pandemic, parents’ fears about food allergies lessened. A survey of 239 parents of children with food allergy showed 24% to 42% had a decrease in anxiety regarding food allergy. Parents felt more in control but also had trouble finding “safe” food at the grocery store. More from Healio.

HPV vaccine and herd immunity

The human papilloma virus vaccine was associated with a 90% decrease in four types of HPV infections in sexually active girls and young women. Also, a 74% decrease was noted amongst unvaccinated 14 to 24 year olds. This is thought to be due to herd immunity. Also cervical cancer diagnoses before age 30 were nearly eliminated for women who were vaccinated on schedule. More from MedPageToday.

Crib bumpers outlawed

A new law prohibits the manufacture and sale of crib bumpers and inclined sleepers. More than 200 infant deaths have been blamed on these products. Manufacturers and retailers must comply within 180 days. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their back on a firm surface without extra padding, pillow, blankets, or toys. More from CBS News.

Authorization for boosters for kids 5 to 11

The FDA is expected to authorize the Pfizer COVID booster shots for kids 5 to 11. The vaccine maker presented data showing a third dose increased protection against the original coronavirus and the Omicron variant for this age group. How much demand there will be is uncertain. Only 28% of kids 5 to 11 have received the two-dose primary series. More from Reuters.

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