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241 PINTS OF BLOOD AND OVER 4,215 POUNDS OF FOOD COLLECTED AT SDCCU HOLIDAY BOWL BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVE IN LA MESA

Collection can save 723 lives saved and provide 3,913 meals 

December 2, 2021 (La Mesa) – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, blood supply is critically low and new donations are continuously needed to help local patients. To help fill that need, San Diego County Credit Union teamed up with the San Diego Blood Bank and San Diego Food bank to hold the SDCCU Holiday Bowl Blood and Food at Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Thursday, November 18. The event collected a total of 4,215 pounds of food which is equivalent to 3,913 meals, and over 241 pints of blood, which will impact 723 lives throughout San Diego County.

“SDCCU is proud to support the SDCCU Holiday Bowl Blood and Food Drive benefitting the San Diego Blood Bank and San Diego Food Bank,” said Teresa Campbell, SDCCU president and CEO. “We are delighted by the amount of donations collected from our giving community members as we know it will help many people in need this holiday season.” 


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FIRST U.S.OMICRON INFECTION FOUND IN SAN FRANCISCO

By Kristen Hwang, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

December 1, 2021 (San Francisco) - California will increase COVID-19 testing of some airport travelers after a passenger flying to San Francisco International Airport from South Africa was identified as the first known case of the omicron variant in the United States.


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ISSA CO-LED GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER BILL PASSES HOUSE; 'JOHANNA'S LAW' TO RENEW CRITICAL WOMEN'S HEALTH EFFORT

Source:  Congressman Darryl Issa

November 30, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) - The House of Representatives today passed legislation co-led by Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) to reauthorize Johanna’s Law, which supports federal campaigns to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers among patients and health care providers. In committee and on the floor of the House, the legislation was approved with unanimous bipartisan support.

 


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COURT TEMPORARILY HALTS SAN DIEGO UNIFIED'S VACCINE MANDATE OVER RELIGION CHALLENGE

Update: An appellate court has lifted the injunction, allowing the vaccination mandate to remain.

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  A San Diego Unified student is vaccinated in school. Courtesy of the district

November 29, 2021 (San Diego) - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a last-minute injunction Sunday temporarily preventing the San Diego Unified School District‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in December.


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COUNTY ENCOURAGES COVID-19 BOOSTERS FOR ELIGIBLE SAN DIEGANS

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  A woman readies herself to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Educational Cultural Complex site in Mountain View.

November 17, 2021 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego supports the California Department of Public Health recommendation for a COVID-19 booster dose for anyone 18 and older who wants one and meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for time between doses.


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STRIKE AVERTED AT KAISER PERMANENTE AS UNION REACHES DEAL OVER PAY AT 3 A.M.

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Hospital staffers and union organizers waved signs and banners in protest over staffing shortages at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Roseville. Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters

November 13, 2021 (San Diego) - Pharmacy and laboratory workers at Kaiser Permanente sites in Southern California will not strike Monday, a union leader said Saturday.


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SHIGELLA CASES AMONG HOMELESS RISE: COUNTY DISTRIBUTES HAND WASHING STATIONS

Source: County News Service

November 13, 2021 (San Diego) – The County of San Diego has announced four new shigella cases, bringing the current outbreak to 35 confirmed and 3 probably cases, all among people experiencing homelessness.  No source has yet been identified.


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ADVOCATES FOR OLDER AMERICANS PROMOTE ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

November 8, 2021 (Sacramento) --  Now is the time to sign up for health insurance or hunt for a better deal, as this year's CoveredCA's open-enrollment period runs now through Jan. 31.

Groups advocating for older Americans urged everyone, even those currently insured, to check out the CoveredCA website, which said more than 70% of consumers who get subsidies could choose health coverage for less than $10 per month.


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COURT ORDERS FCC TO EXPLAIN WHY IT IGNORED SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWING HARM FROM WIRELESS RADIATION

Environmental Health Trust and 13 petitioners win ruling 

Source: Environmental Health Trust

Photo: Creative Commons image via Bing

November 6, 2021 (Washington D.C.) --  The Environmental Health Trust recently won a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit with a ruling in favor of EHT. In its ruling, the court ordered the FCC to explain why it ignored scientific evidence showing harm from wireless radiation, such as that transmitted by cell phones and cell phone towers and 5G technology.

The court held that FCC failed to respond to “record evidence that exposure to radiofrequency radiation at levels below the FCC’s current limits may cause negative health effects unrelated to cancer.” The court also said that the agency demonstrated “a complete failure to respond to comments concerning environmental harm caused by RF radiation.” The court found the FCC ignored numerous organizations, scientists, medical doctors who called on them to update its 1996 human exposure limits for wireless radiation. The court found the FCC failed to address these issues.

  • impacts of long-term wireless exposure

  • impacts to children,

  • the testimony of people injured by wireless radiation, 

  • impacts to wildlife and the environment,

  • impacts to the developing brain and reproduction.


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LOCAL DOCTORS ADDRESS COVID MISINFORMATION AT COUNTY SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, INCLUDING INFO ON VACCINES FOR CHILDREN

East County News Service

An independent panel of local doctors addressed COVID-19 misinformation brought up by some public speakers at the Nov. 2 County Board of Supervisors meeting. View video in English and Spanish.

Among the facts presented:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has strongly endorsed immunizing young children against COVID-19.
  • Several thousand U.S. children have gotten multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MSIS) from COVID, which causes long-term organ damage.
  • Children are getting long-term COVID symptoms such as brain damage/trouble concentrating.
  • 94 kids ages 5-11 have died of COVID in the U.S. There have been more deaths in pediatrics from COVID in the past year than is usually seen in a year from flu.
  • Children are just as likely to get infected with COVID as adults and can transmit it to family members or others.
  • Even a mild case of COVID means lost school time to quarantine, which can set children back in their education.
  • No children have died of COVID vaccines.
  • No cases of heart inflammation after COVID vaccines were found in any of the children ages 5-11 during testing.
  • Testing found the vaccines to be extremely safe for children ages 5-11.
  • The Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11 is only one-third the dose that adults or teens receive.

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QUESTIONS ON VACCINES FOR KIDS? 10 NEWS AND CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HOST TOWN HALL WITH EXPERTS

Update:  Video of th expert panel answering parents' questions is now available to view here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIFudyPvXfQ 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2021 (El Cajon) – Now that the federal government has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot for children ages 5 and up, many parents have questions.  So Cajon Valley Union School District and ABC 10 News are hosting a PTA town hall featuring a discussion with medical experts and education leaders. You can watch live on Thursday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. online at www.10News.com or on the ABC 10News smart phone app.


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CDC APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR KIDS AGES 5-11, BUT HOLDS OFF ON MODERNA

The first COVID vaccines for children have arrived at Rady Children's Hospital and are quickly rolling out to locations across the region

By Miriam Raftery

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November 3, 2021 (San Diego) – The nation’s top health official is urging parents to have children vaccinated against COVID-19 in time for the holidays, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11.  The federal action will make the shots available to 28 million children nationwide.

“This is another major milestone in our efforts to protect more children, their families, and our communities as we work to end the pandemic,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We are following the data and science, and after a thorough review by FDA and CDC, we are ready to get millions of children vaccinated. Thanks to their rigorous, comprehensive and independent review of the data, we know that vaccination of younger children against COVID-19 proved to be safe and effective.”


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COUNTY INITIATIVE TO OFFER MORE HEALTH SERVICE OPTIONS IN RURAL AREAS

By Chuck Westerheide, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Firefighter Paramedic Brenton Rowell from the Mt. Laguna County Fire Station is completing his morning checks of the Advanced Life Support gear.

November 2, 2021 (San Diego's East County) - The County is moving forward with a Community Health and Injury Prevention Initiative to expand health services and community education to areas that lack health care facilities and transportation.


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SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO BLOCK MAINE’S VACCINE MANDATE, WHICH HAS NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

October 31, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – By a 6-3 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court declined an emergency request to block a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in Maine. Unlike mandates in most other states, Maine has no exemptions for religious beliefs. 


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RECALL OF SALAMI STICKS SOLD AT TRADER JOE’S LOCALLY AND OTHER STORES

By Miriam Raftery

October 29, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – A recall has been issued on Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks sold at Trader’s Joe’s across San Diego County and other locations. Trader Joe's voluntarily pulled the sticks from its shelves, but the item may be sold at other grocery stores, the CDC warns.


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AS COUNTY’S VACCINATION RATE CLIMBS, COVID DEATHS DROP SHARPLY AMONG THOSE WHO ARE VACCINATED

By Miriam Raftery

October 29, 2021 (San Diego) – San Diego County’s latest COVID-19 update provided Oct. 27 reveals that 90.2% of all residents countywide are at least partially vaccinated and 81.5% are fully vaccinated.  But 27 of the 28 deaths in the past week from COVID-19 were among people not fully vaccinated, further demonstrating the effectiveness of vaccines at protecting people from severe COVID cases.


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FREE FLU VACCINES AND COVID BOOSTERS NOV. 8 IN EL CAJON

East County News Service

October 29, 2021 (El Cajon) – Volunteers in Medicine is offering free flu and COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, Nov. 8 from3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1457 East Madison Ave. in El Cajon.

You can get both vaccines at the same time to protect yourself and your family in time for the holiday season, since it takes a couple of weeks for vaccines to be fully effective.


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SAN DIEGANS URGED TO GET FLU VACCINE IN TIME FOR HOLIDAYS

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 28, 2021 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego is ramping up its flu vaccination efforts to lower the risk of San Diegans getting influenza this holiday season. County health officials are concerned this year’s flu season will be more severe than last year, when many people were staying at home due to COVID-19.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

October 27, 2021 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

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ISSA INTRODUCES BILL TO ALLOW PROOF OF COVID ANTIBODIES AS ALTERNATIVE TO PROOF OF VACCINATION

By Miriam Raftery

October 27, 2021 (San Diego) – Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has introduced a bill that would exempt people who test positive for antibodies against COVID-19 from the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal workers and large employers.

The measure, H.R. 5642, is titled the Follow Accepted Science Together (FAST) Act.

“The demand by this Administration for vaccine mandates is a mistake,’ said Rep. Issa, whose district includes much of East County. “The FAST Act follows the science and exempts Americans with COVID-19 antibodies from this unfair White House edit.”


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COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTERS AVAILABLE FOR SAN DIEGANS

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 26, 2021 (San Diego) - COVID-19 vaccination boosters are now recommended and available for everyone who qualifies.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved booster shots for all three COVID-19 vaccines currently available. However, the time frame for when people should get a booster depends on which vaccine you received.

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INTERVIEW WITH DR. WILLIAM TSENG, KAISER PERMANENTE’S VACCINE EXPERT, ON NEW COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS AND UPCOMING VACCINES FOR KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 24, 2021 (San Diego) – “Just a couple of weeks ago, a quarter of a million kids were getting COVID,” says Dr. William Tseng, area assistant medical director of Kaiser Permanente and Kaiser’s vaccine expert. That’s according to the American Academy of Pediatrics' new site tracking COVID cases in U.S. children. Deaths of children due to COVID have occurred in 48 of 50 states.

In an exclusive interview via Zoom on October, the day the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) broadly expanded eligibility of COVID-19 booster shots, East County Magazine interviewed Dr. Tseng on who should get boosters and what parents should know about COVID vaccines for children ages 5-11, which are likely to be approved in early November.  The answers may surprise you!

Click the image at left to view the full interview (which will also air on KNSJ radio) or click "read more' and scroll down to read highlights.


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COVID-19 BOOSTERS OF ALL THREE VACCINES NOW APPROVED BY THE FDA; CONSUMERS CAN OPT FOR A BOOSTER OF A DIFFERENT VACCINE

By Miriam Raftery

October 23, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control yesterday announced approval of booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The Moderna booster approved is half of the original dose. Boosters of Pfizer, the third vaccine authorized in the U.S., were previously approved.

The CDC also provided consumers the option to mix and match, choosing a different booster than their original vaccine(s).

Who's eligible -- and when should you consider getting a different vaccine than your original dose? 


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KAISER PERMANENTE PHARMACY AND LAB WORKERS AUTHORIZE STRIKE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Hospital staffers and union organizers waved signs and banners in protest over staffing shortages at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Roseville. Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters

October 21, 2021 (San Diego) - The union representing pharmacy and laboratory workers at Kaiser Permanente locations throughout Southern California said Wednesday members voted overwhelmingly to reject the company’s offer and authorize a strike if a new deal can’t be reached.


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ONIONS FROM MEXICO LINKED TO SALMONELLA OUTBREAKS

East County News Service

October 21, 2021 (San Diego) – A salmonella outbreak in 37 states including California has been linked to fresh red, white, and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource Inc. The outbreak has sickened 652 people in the U.S. and resulted in 129 hospitalizations.  

These onions were sold to restaurants and grocery stores throughout the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers are advised not to buy or eat any fresh onions unless you know where they were grown. If there is no sticker, or if they are labeled from Chihuahua, Mexico or ProSource, throw them away or return them to the retailer. Wash any surfaces or containers that the onions touched with hot soapy water or run containers through a dishwasher. Businesses should check coolers and discard any onions of unknown origin or from the contaminated sources.


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COVID IS TOP COP KILLER IN CALIFORNIA AND U.S., YET OFFICERS RESIST VACCINE MANDATES

 

476 of 605 officer deaths in 2020 and 2021 in the U.S. were due to COVID-19

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2021 (San Diego) – Law enforcement officers risk their lives daily to protect the public. Yet many have voiced fear over COVID-19 vaccines as their unions push back against mandates.

The irony is that according to the “Officer Down Memorial Page,” the greatest risk by far to the lives of police and other law enforcement officers isn’t an armed criminal. In 2020 and 2021, COVID-19 killed by far more law enforcement officers nationally and statewide than anything else. In California last year, COVID took the lives of more officers than all other causes of death combined.


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SDSU HOSTS ANNUAL AZTECS FOR LIFE BLOOD DRIVE NOV. 19

This is the fifth time SDSU has teamed up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 20, 2021 (San Diego) - For the fifth consecutive year, San Diego State University and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help hospital patients through the Aztecs for Life blood drive. The San Diego community is invited to join Aztecs and CBS 8 at the largest annual collegiate blood drive in the state of California, Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Viejas Arena. The blood donations collected will help treat cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others requiring lifesaving blood transfusions.


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DR. MARK SAWYER, COVID EXPERT AT RADY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, RESPONDS TO PARENTS’ CONCERNS OVER VACCINES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 20, 2021 (San Diego) – East County Magazine interviewed Dr. Mark Sawyer, infectious disease specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital and an advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on COVID-19 vaccines for children and booster shots.  He also serves on an advisory commission for the Governor and advised County Supervisors on COVID-19 issues. 

We asked him to address concerns raised by parents and others over vaccine mandates, to assess the safety of COVID vaccines compared to risks of COVID-19 for children and teens, and discuss the likely timetable for approvals of vaccines for young children and boosters for adults.

Dr. Sawyer revealed that hundreds of children have been treated at Rady Children’s Hospital for COVID-19, including 75 treated in the intensive care unit and another 75 diagnosed with multi-system inflammatory disease, a rare but serious complication of COVID-19 in children.  “To say that COVID is not serious in children is underestimating the virus,” he said.


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