Increased risk of diabetes in children who have recovered from COVID

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A new study from the CDC shows that children who have recovered from COVID-19 are at a significantly higher risk of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. I have written previously that COVID-19 might be linked to diabetes, but those studies were in adults. But this study shows that the risk of diabetes might be greater for children who had COVID-19.

This should be more reason for parents to make certain that their children are fully vaccinated against the disease. Diabetes is a lifetime disease that must be closely managed with insulin and, in the case of type 2 diabetes, various medications.

This post will review the research on children who have had COVID-19 and the risk of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

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COVID vaccine safety and effectiveness for 5-11-year-olds

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On 30 December 2021, the Centers for Disease Protection and Control (CDC) released two studies on COVID-19 vaccine safety for 5-11-year-olds that showed that there were few serious safety issues and showed that the vaccines prevented serious illness and hospitalization.

These two studies provide strong evidence for COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness for children and should provide confidence for parents to make sure their children get the vaccine.

This post will examine these peer-reviewed articles and pull out the key data for the reader.

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I got my Moderna COVID vaccine booster – my immune system is powerful

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On 25 October 2021, I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. As with the first two shots, I felt nothing other than a bit of a sore arm.

Now my immune system is scientifically boosted to handle whatever SARS-CoV-2 has for me. I’m ready to kick its sorry butt for even thinking about infecting me.

Why did I get the booster?

  • Because it’s safe.
  • Because the Moderna booster protects me against COVID-19 even more.
  • Because there is evidence that the original series of shots have waning immunity.
  • Because it’s the only way to boost my immune system against the coronavirus.
  • Because I know that vaccines are more powerful than pseudoscientific supplements and quackery.
  • Because the CDC recommends it.
  • Because it was free.
  • Because I want to do the right thing for my own health and to protect others.

I don’t know if boosters will be necessary every few months or years. But this virus is so resilient and mutates so frequently, I am willing to bet we will need frequent boosters for any of the COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, early evidence appears to indicate we might need a second booster for the Omicron variant.

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Any of you who are pregnant, obese, or immunocompromised, especially if you’re older than 50 should get the booster. Anyone with the following health conditions should get COVID-19 vaccine boosters:

  • Alcoholism
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney, liver, or lung diseases (such as moderate or severe asthma)
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Genetic conditions, such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • HIV
  • Hypertension
  • Mental health conditions such as depression or schizophrenia
  • Smokers or former smokers
  • Stroke
  • Substance abuse
  • Tuberculosis

Anyone who works in certain occupations that are at high risk of COVID-19 should get the booster shot:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Firefighters
  • Police
  • Educators, such as teachers, daycare workers, and support staff
  • US postal workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Those who work in grocery stores, corrections, or manufacturing

Those were the original recommendations. However, now everyone should get a booster, and as I said above, we might need a second booster.

Update

Nothing to update. No adverse events. No breakthrough infections. No flu (because I also got my flu vaccine). I must be the one boring boosted individual.

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Cute kittens to make you happy before you get your booster shot. Photo by Ilse Orsel on Unsplash.
Cute puppies for dog lovers. Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash

Omicron variant of COVID — some initial facts about vaccines

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Just when we thought we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Omicron variant was discovered in Africa. Although many countries shut down travel from Africa, it’s probably too late — it probably was being spread before the Omicron variant was found.

Like when the Delta variant was first observed, there was a lot of confusion about how serious it was going to be and whether vaccines would be effective. It caused a surge in cases and deaths worldwide over the summer.

Although it’s very early, I think there is enough information to, at a minimum, understand what may be upcoming. Of course, as with everything about this pandemic, stay tuned because what we know today may be superseded by what we discover tomorrow.

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Increased risk of stillbirth among women with COVID-19 — get the vaccine

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The CDC just published a report that women who have COVID-19 at delivery have an increased risk of stillbirth compared to women who do not have the disease. If this isn’t a good reason for pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine, I do not know what else to say.

This article will be very short because the published paper really provided only three pieces of data which are convincing reasons for pregnant women should get the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Anti-vaccine activists generate and spread misinformation again

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This article about anti-vaccine misinformation tactics is based on a series of Twitter posts by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), who is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines, medical issues, social policy, and the law.

Professor Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. Additionally, Reiss is also a member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. She is also a member of the Vaccines Working Group on Ethics and Policy.

This article are quoted verbatim, except for minor editing changes. We both felt a broader audience for this anti-vaccine tactic to spread misinformation will be useful to understand. In essence, an anti-vaccine group asked the CDC for a single patient record, something the CDC doesn’t keep, and then imply something nefarious is happening because the CDC couldn’t provide that information.

Below, Professor Reiss reviews how this is a cynical tactic to make it appear something is going on with vaccines, when it isn’t.

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Facebook failed to stop anti-vaccine posts – profits trump science

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Many of us have a love/hate relationship with Facebook – but most of us realized how little it cared about anti-vaccine posts when the COVID-19 vaccines were starting to show high effectiveness and safety in clinical trials. Once we began to believe that we might have COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2020 (which proved to be true), the anti-vaxxers started to move into full action.

I even started to track and debunk the ridiculous claims of the COVID-19 vaccine deniers, most of which I found on various Facebook posts and comments.

And now, with only about 58% of the US population, or around 191 million individuals, having been fully vaccinated, it seems to be more difficult to reach the goal of around 80% of the population who are fully vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

I hate to blame Facebook for all of society’s ills, but it’s clear that they are deeply responsible for the lack of COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the USA and many other countries. Given that only 12 accounts on social media are responsible for around 73% of the anti-vaccine content, it would have been easy for Facebook to block those accounts and keep the noise to a minimum.

But they didn’t. And based on extensive investigations by a consortium of news services across the world, Facebook provided safe harbor for these COVID-19 vaccine deniers for one reason – profits.

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Prior COVID infection will not keep you out of the hospital – get the vaccine

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I recently discussed a new CDC study that stated that the COVID-19 vaccines provided better protection than a previous infection. Unfortunately, I buried the lede – COVID-19 vaccines are better than a prior COVID-19 infection in keeping you out of the hospital.

Not to be repeatedly repetitive, but I am going to re-review that paper in light of the lede – in other words, the anti-vaxxers keep ranting on about a prior COVID-19 infection. I don’t think it means what they think it means.

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COVID vaccine provides more protection than a previous infection

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I keep reading anti-vaccine claims that a “natural” COVID-19 infection provides more protection than the vaccine. However, a newly published study from the CDC contradicts that belief. They found that those who were unvaccinated and had a recent infection were over five times more likely to have COVID-19 than those who were recently fully vaccinated with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and did not have a prior infection.

In other words, the COVID-19 vaccines provide more protection than does a previous COVID-19 infection.

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COVID-19 vaccine mortality risk is lower than in an unvaccinated group

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The COVID-19 vaccine mortality risk has been a subject of a lot of myths and misinformation ever since the vaccines were released. Too much of the false information relies upon dumpster diving into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) rather than good science that might show causality.

The CDC published a study in the peer-reviewed Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on 22 October 2021 which examined the risk of non-COVID mortality in a COVID-19 vaccine group compared to an unvaccinated group. So that I don’t bury the lede, the risk of death from non-COVID causes was much higher in the unvaccinated group compared to the vaccinated one.

Let’s look at the details.

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