FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid-19 boosters for children ages 5-11

CNN † The US Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 at least five months after completion of the primary vaccine series. Pfizer requested this EUA at the end of April, citing company data that showed that a third … Read more

Common virus may be linked to liver failure in healthy children :: WRAL.com

By UNC Health Talk Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on UNC Health Talk. Doctors around the world are trying to understand what is causing children to develop severe hepatitis (liver inflammation) that in some cases results in liver failure. These puzzling cases have been linked to a common adenovirus that typically causes colds, conjunctivitis … Read more

Study identifies potential biomarker for SIDS, but these are very early days

CNN † Australian researchers say they’ve identified one potential biomarker for sudden infant death syndrome, known as SIDS, but experts caution that it’s just one piece of the puzzle. About 3,400 babies die from SIDS in the US each year. There is no immediate or obvious cause of death, according to the US Centers for … Read more

‘This is not my kid’: Mysterious hepatitis wreaked havoc in healthy child with shocking speed

CNN  —  The day they wheeled 2-year-old Baelyn Schwab into surgery to get a new liver, her skin was orange, and she was delirious. “Her eyes didn’t look like they were attached to her head anymore,” her mom, Kelsea Schwab, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “They were just rolling all over. “She … Read more

Families struggle to find baby formula as shortage intensifies

Families nationwide are struggling with an increasingly dire baby formula shortage. Driving the news: The shortage, exacerbated by pandemic-induced supply chain issues and recent product recalls, has sent the price of formula skyrocketing in certain communities. The shortage started in 2021 largely from production problems or distribution issues, and by mid-March, 29% of formula inventory … Read more

‘Perfect storm’ of disease ahead with vaccines delayed and measles cases up, WHO and UNICEF say

CNN † The World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund warned of an increased risk of meals spread, with worldwide cases up nearly 80% so far in 2022 compared with 2021. “Almost 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide in January and February 2022, compared to 9,665 during the first two months … Read more

In about half of US counties, less than 10% of children ages 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

CNN † The youngest group eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the US, children ages 5 to 11, is also the least vaccinated one. In about half of US counties, less than 10% of children 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease … Read more