Starting this week, bivalent COVID-19 boosters are available in Michigan 

BY: - September 8, 2022

In an effort to help contain the omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ has recommended use of the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine for ages 12 years and older and the Moderna bivalent vaccine for ages 18 years and older. The recommendation followed the Aug. 31 […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These […]

New COVID booster vaccines approved by FDA

BY: - September 1, 2022

Two new COVID-19 vaccine mixtures that are thought to be more effective at preventing serious illness for currently circulating coronavirus variants were approved by federal regulators on Wednesday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized two variations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines that contain genetic components of omicron subvariants that are currently causing the […]

A measles vaccination

Diseases may return amid decrease in childhood vaccinations, family physicians warn 

BY: - August 8, 2022

As a new school year is about to begin, physicians from across the state on Monday encouraged families to vaccinate their children to prevent the spread and return of diseases like measles, mumps and polio.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a national decrease in childhood and adult vaccinations. This trend […]

DHHS announces probable case of monkeypox in Michigan

BY: - June 30, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Wednesday announced Michigan’s first probable case of monkeypox was detected in an Oakland County resident.  Preliminary testing at the DHHS Bureau of Laboratories returned a presumed positive result for Orthopoxvirus. Monkeypox is part of the Orthopox family of viruses and confirmatory testing at the Centers […]

‘They don’t care if you live or die, but they want you to make them coffee’

BY: - May 18, 2022

KC Laskey can count the number of students who usually wear masks in her son’s kindergarten classroom in West Michigan on one hand — and the number of COVID-19 cases in his classroom last week on two. “He is one of two wearing masks at school; since omicron quieted down, there have been two wearing […]

Study says vaccination would have prevented about one-quarter of all U.S. COVID deaths 

BY: - April 27, 2022

As COVID-19 numbers begin to rise again, both nationally and in Michigan, a new analysis has given additional weight to the already overwhelming evidence that vaccines do make a difference.  In fact, according to the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), since June 2021 when every American adult had access to a […]

Biden pleads with Congress for more COVID aid, gets his own second booster

BY: - March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced a new COVID-19 government website Wednesday while urging Congress to approve billions in funding to keep the pandemic at bay. Speaking from the White House, Biden said that without a bipartisan agreement on new funding, the federal government will need to roll back or end programs meant to curb […]


Column: Ending the COVID pandemic is easy: Get vaccinated, get boosted

BY: - March 7, 2022

One of my favorite board games for many years now is Pandemic. In this game, players try to discover cures to four diseases while keeping those diseases from getting out of control. It requires a little luck and a lot of cooperation, as everyone wins or loses together. As we approach two years of living […]

CDC study: Getting vaxxed while pregnant protects baby from COVID-19

BY: - February 22, 2022

Updated, 8:50 p.m., 2/22/22, with comment from DHHS New research has found that pregnant people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are sharing those antibodies with their unborn child, potentially protecting the baby from contracting the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since COVID-19 vaccines have not yet been approved for […]

Ambassador Bridge reopens after week of right-wing protests

BY: - February 14, 2022

The Ambassador Bridge reopened Sunday night after right-wing protests over vaccine mandates halted international traffic at the essential border crossing for nearly a week. While protests continue in other parts of Canada, including the country’s capital, police cleared the blockade at the Ambassador Bridge after a court injunction went into effect Friday ordering truckers and […]

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 delayed until at least April

BY: - February 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — A COVID-19 vaccine for young children will be delayed by at least two months as Pfizer and BioNTech gather more information on a three-dose regimen. The disappointing news for many parents came after the Biden administration earlier had announced it was preparing to get the vaccines out to states as soon as it […]