Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Review

It is the end of February, cases seem to be plateauing in many areas, and we now have approval for a third COVID vaccine.  As I did in my previous articles on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, I will discuss the use of this specific vaccine, dosing, efficacy, and side effect profiles.  I will NOTContinue reading “Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Review”

Where Did All the Flu Go?

In the Fall of 2020, there was a growing concern in the medical community that a winter of rising COVID cases plus the expected Flu season would throw our resources over the edge.  There were several communities where ICU beds were at capacity, cases were rising with no end in sight, and the death tollContinue reading “Where Did All the Flu Go?”

My Experience With the Pfizer COVID Vaccine

I finally finished my COVID vaccine series this last Tuesday (as per the excited photo used in this post). I restrained from posting the obligatory photo of me getting the vaccine, my Band-Aid, my vaccination card, etc, this time around. The purpose was I wanted to see HOW I responded to the vaccine first, andContinue reading “My Experience With the Pfizer COVID Vaccine”

COVID Virus Variants – How Does This Affect You? (also what to think about all those reported vaccine reactions…)

I have been patiently waiting to type anything on the viral variants we continue to hear about in the news, since it seems like every day there is something new out there to discuss.  In this article I hope to help ease some concerns over the mutations that may be arising as well as betterContinue reading “COVID Virus Variants – How Does This Affect You? (also what to think about all those reported vaccine reactions…)”

Moderna mRNA Vaccine and Reported Side Effects

Last week I wrote up a post on Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine safety data, and this week we were gifted with Moderna’s information as well.  The vaccine goes up for Emergency Use Approval on 12/17/2020.  Below is a quick synopsis of the safety data provided.  If you are still unsure about WHAT these vaccines are all about, you canContinue reading “Moderna mRNA Vaccine and Reported Side Effects”

Pfizer mRNA Vaccine and Reported Side Effects

Disclaimer: Although I am a medical professional, the information below is for your education only and not meant to be medical advice.  Please consult with your physician to determine if you are safe to receive any current or future vaccines involving SARS-CoV-2.  On (12/10/2020), the CBER and VRBPAC will meet to discuss emergency use ofContinue reading “Pfizer mRNA Vaccine and Reported Side Effects”

The Vaccine

Addendum: I accidentally used the term “effectiveness” rather than “efficacy” when discussing the vaccines below – this has been edited. That is what happens when you type things up at 11 PM…yay for being imperfect. With Thanksgiving a week behind us and Christmas around the corner, there has been a lot of discussion on travelContinue reading “The Vaccine”

To School or Not to School? That is the Question

I recently posted about my medical opinion on kids and wearing masks in school.  I discussed their purpose and how they prevent the spread of infection.  However, many parents, and even school districts, wonder if we are rushing into things too soon.  Some areas of the country are seeing a steady rate of SARS-CoV-2 cases, while others areContinue reading “To School or Not to School? That is the Question”

Masks and Why They Work For School

Ever since SARS-CoV-2 came to the United States there has been an ever changing influence on our daily lives.  Our kids have been no exception, having to leave in-person school early.  As parents we attempted to accomplish eLearning at home while holding down a job and keeping the peace in the house.  I think many parents quickly learnedContinue reading “Masks and Why They Work For School”