Selena Simmons-Duffin

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Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say.


Public health messaging about omicron will be vital to curb conspiracy theories

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Much is unknown about the omicron variant. Scientists are scrambling to gather information. But with the first case of omicron confirmed in the U.S., public health officials can't afford to be silent.


Some parents want to wait to vaccinate their kids. Here's why doctors say do it now

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Physicians weigh in on what you need to know about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and how to think about the risks and benefits of vaccinating your kid


Approximately 28 million children are now eligible for Pfizer's lower-dose vaccine

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

School-aged children are now eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, as CDC director Rochelle Walensky issued the recommendation supporting this version of the vaccine.


6 tips to help you pick the right health insurance plan

Monday, November 01, 2021

The open enrollment period to buy health insurance on starts now and runs through Jan. 15, 2022. Look for more options and expanded subsidies this year — and more help signing up.


Life Kit: Picking the right health insurance for you

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Choosing between health insurance plans can be a headache. How do you pick the right one?


Children ages 5 to 11 are a step closer to being eligible for the Pfizer vaccine

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Children ages 5-11 are a step closer to being eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine. It's a lower-dose formulation and expected to go to an advisory panel of the CDC next.


FDA extends emergency use authorization of COVID vaccine for kids ages 5-11

Friday, October 29, 2021

Kids are one step closer to being eligible for COVID-19 vaccination after the Food and Drug administration extended its emergency use authorization of Pfizer's vaccine for children ages 5-11.


When can kids under 12 get their shots? Here's the timeline

Thursday, October 28, 2021

There are a couple of big steps to get through before U.S. kids under 12 might be able to get the vaccine. Here's how the process works and when the shots could arrive.


Advisers vote on whether FDA should authorize Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisors voted on whether the agency should authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.


U.S. COVID infection rates have been dropping, but that could change

Monday, October 25, 2021

Many COVID-19 trendlines are headed in a positive direction in the U.S., but there are lots of unknowns about what will happen this winter as vaccinations still lag behind many other countries.


The latest on boosters, vaccines for kids and efficacy

Saturday, October 23, 2021

A lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine showed nearly a 91% efficacy rate in a trial of children ages 5-11, according to the company. Boosters for Moderna and J&J are officially now authorized.


New federal funds spur expansion of home care services for the elderly and disabled

Thursday, October 21, 2021

These services can make the difference between being able to live at home with family or landing in a nursing facility. But state Medicaid programs don't always pay for them.


Why helping people pay rent can fight the pandemic

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A family in Houston and a plumber in Maryland couldn't afford rent, which pushed them into crowded living quarters. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that common predicament has increased viral spread.


How the housing crisis collides with public health

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Did the eviction moratorium work to slow COVID? When people can't afford rent, they often end up in closer quarters. During a pandemic, that increases the risk of viral transmission.


NPR poll: The delta surge pushed Americans further behind in all walks of life

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Many families are under financial stress, parents see kids seriously behind in school, huge rent bills and looming evictions and delayed medical care has negative consequences, to name a few.


Eligible Americans Can Now Get COVID-19 Booster Shots

Saturday, September 25, 2021

After promising booster shots to all recipients of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, then only some, 20 million Americans are now officially eligible to receive them.


Babies, The Delta Variant And COVID: What Parents Need To Know

Thursday, September 09, 2021

The rate of new cases of COVID-19 among babies and children under 4 years old in the U.S. recently surpassed the rate of new cases among adults older than 65. Here's how to protect newborns.


The Texas Abortion Ban Hinges On 'Fetal Heartbeat.' Doctors Call That Misleading

Thursday, September 02, 2021

The new Texas law bans abortions after a "fetal heartbeat" is detected, usually about six weeks into pregnancy. But doctors say that's not an actual medical term and it's being used inaccurately.


Children's Mental Health Gets Millions In Funding From The Biden Administration

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Biden administration has announced nearly $85 million in funding for youth mental health awareness, training, and treatment.