• 01 DEC, 2021
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    Omicron Variant: What do we know?

    Omicron Variant: What do we know?

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD   What do we know about the Omicron Variant  The Omicron Variant is a newly identified ‘variant of concern’ discovered by South African scientists. The variant was first isolated in areas of Southern Africa but has since been identified in countries around the globe, now including  United States where the first

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    • 27 OCT, 2021
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    COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 year olds: Understanding the Process

    COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 year olds: Understanding the Process

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD   The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is nearing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the 5 to 11 year old age group. On October 26th, the EUA passed the first of several check-points but still has a few hurdles to go. We wanted to provide some information on what has happened so far

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    • 30 SEP, 2021
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    RSV: The other epidemic

    RSV: The other epidemic

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD   There is currently a “twin-demic” in the pediatric population. The impact of the Delta variant of COVID-19 on the pediatric population has been making headlines in our area and around the country.  The less talked about circulating virus is the Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV.  RSV is nothing new, but

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    • 30 JUN, 2021
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    Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccines

    Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccines

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD   The COVID-19 vaccines are the most closely monitored immunizations in history.  The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a program that collects and analyzes side effect data for all immunizations in the United States, including all of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Through this program, rare side effects like allergic

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