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COVID vax not linked to sudden deaths in young adults

A study from Oregon Health Authority analyzed cardiac-related deaths among 16 to 30-year-olds, finding no link between mRNA COVID vaccines and sudden cardiac death. Out of 1292 young people’s deaths analyzed, only three had vaccine links, none confirming vaccines as a cause. The vaccine is recommended for those ≥6 months to prevent COVID-19.

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The largest safety study of COVID vaccines finds rare issues

A comprehensive study involving over 99 million vaccinated individuals indicated a slight increase in neurological, blood, and heart-related conditions following COVID-19 vaccination. However, the adverse events were very rare, and the vaccines’ ability to prevent severe COVID-19 far outweighs these risks. The research, drawing from extensive medical records, demonstrates the vaccines’ safety and efficacy, reiterating the importance of vaccination despite the infrequent side effects.

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NFL star Travis Kelce posts a heart photo — anti-vaxxers go crazy

NFL star Travis Kelce, tagged “Mr. Pfizer,” came under anti-vaccine fire for an Instagram post where he made a heart shape with his hands, sparking baseless claims of vaccine dangers. Contrary to myths, COVID-19 vaccines have a much lower myocarditis risk than the virus itself, and other heart issues aren’t linked to the vaccine. The American Heart Association endorses vaccines, especially for those with heart conditions. Kelce’s gesture likely celebrated the Super Bowl win or expressed love, not a vaccine warning.

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Myocarditis and COVID vaccines – what are the facts?

While myocarditis, a rare inflammation of the heart often caused by viruses, has been linked to COVID-19 vaccines, the risk is negligible. Most cases occur in young men after multiple doses and resolve within 90 days without serious harm. The risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine is significantly lower than the risk of myocarditis from the disease itself. Despite fears, there are no recorded deaths due to myocarditis post-vaccination.

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Adverse events surveillance after 11.8 million COVID mRNA vaccine doses

A paper was just published that reviewed adverse events after 11.8 million COVID-19 mRNA vaccine doses were administered in the USA. Because it is the topic of discussion these days, I felt it was important to review this paper.

Even though anti-vaxxers love to claim excess adverse events after people receive the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, there are excellent methods that the CDC has developed to monitor these issues in vaccines, and this new paper looks at one of them.

The news is good, in case you’re wondering.

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Athletes are not collapsing after getting any of the COVID vaccines

I’ve noticed that anti-vaccine activists are pushing a trope that athletes are collapsing on the field after getting one of the COVID-19 vaccines. I watch a lot of sports and read a lot of sports news, so if this were really happening, I would have noticed.

I have to pick and choose which dumb anti-vaccine myths I need to debunk. But since I love sports and I know that the COVID vaccines are safe and effective, I thought I’d look into it. And what I found was, as you might expect, nothing. It’s just one of those myths that anti-vaxxers make appear as factual but isn’t.

Let’s take a look at this silly myth.

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Paper claiming COVID vaccines and myocarditis link is RETRACTED

An anti-vaccine group run by the discredited James Lyon-Weiler tried to show that the COVID-19 vaccines are linked to myocarditis in a vain attempt to discredit them. The paper they published was just retracted. Of course.

Ironically, when the paper was published last week, I was going to write about it. However, it lasted about a week before Retraction Watch reported that the publisher retracted it. So, I’ll write about how this is a terrible article and why it got retracted (actually, the publisher isn’t being transparent, so we really don’t know).

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Anti-vaxxers misuse VAERS against COVID-19 vaccines – bad science

Recently, a poorly written pre-print article uses VAERS “data” to show that the COVID-19 vaccines cause myocarditis in children 12-17 years old. Although we do have some data that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines may be linked to myocarditis in some age groups.

I, and many others, have frequently criticized the use of VAERS, and I will do it again in this article, so just hang on. It cannot be used for anything by gross observations, and it certainly cannot be used as the basis for an article that condemns a vaccine.

So, let’s once again go down the rabbit hole of misusing VAERS to evaluate the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Myocarditis and COVID mRNA vaccines – very rare adverse event

Regulatory agencies, such as the FDA and CDC, are monitoring reports of myocarditis, a heart inflammation, after COVID-19 mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. Although myocarditis after these vaccines are exceedingly rare, anti-vaccine activists have already jumped on this issue to make it appear that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

My job is to look at this data and give you a scientific analysis of the observations and whether they are actually related to the vaccine.

Like with reports of other conditions, such as blood clots, after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, we need to examine whether myocarditis is actually related to the vaccine or just random events in which the incidence is no different than what would be predicted in a similar group of unvaccinated people. And if it is linked, we need to look at the potential risk and compare it to the risks of COVID-19 itself.

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