A bill before the state legislature would ban schools from requiring students to get emergency use vaccines – a Covid success story that prevented 3 million deaths in the U.S. Meanwhile, a well-timed NIH review in the journal Science examines the strengths and weaknesses of the research response to Covid.
Feb. 2, 2023
With the coronavirus and the flu continuing to circulate, health experts in the state are reminding people about the importance of getting vaccinated against both. Booster shots remain helpful for tackling COVID variants, such as Omicron, according to Dr. Kiran Raman with the Arizona Department of Health.
Jan. 8, 2023
Arizona has surpassed Mississippi to become the state with the highest per capita death toll from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dec. 26, 2022
Following decades of progress and a 2000 declaration that the disease had been eliminated in the U.S., health officials are sounding a global alarm: Measles is regaining ground, and the recent polarization of vaccines isn’t helping.
Dec. 22, 2022
Why are some older adults who got the first series of COVID-19 vaccines skipping the updated booster? As KJZZ reported last week, even in nursing homes, where residents were hit hard by the virus, there seems to be little desire to get this latest shot.
Dec. 20, 2022
Kids are more likely to get seriously sick from the flu, RSV and COVID-19, all of which are seeing skyrocketing rates right now. So what does an influx of sick kids look like on the frontlines?
Dec. 19, 2022
This week marks two years since the U.S. began distributing and administering COVID vaccines. A new study estimates how much worse the pandemic might have been without them.
Dec. 14, 2022
Health officials in Arizona are urging people to mask up, as reported cases of flu and RSV are still trending higher at this time of year than in 2021. COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations, as a result, also remain problematic.
Dec. 10, 2022
The Arizona Department of Health Services says eight Arizona counties, including Pima County, have returned to a high level of COVID-19 transmission.
Nov. 30, 2022
On Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced a six-week campaign aimed at urging Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine. The campaign is focused on reaching older adults and people with disabilities.
Nov. 23, 2022
Last week, AARP released data showing that just 22% of nursing home residents and 15% of staff are up to date with the latest COVID-19 booster. So why are some folks skipping out?
Nov. 22, 2022
Soberana is the second Cuban vaccine to be approved for emergency use in Mexico, and one of about a dozen in total.
Nov. 21, 2022
Seasonal flu cases are soaring, and COVID cases are surging, but booster rates are circling the drain, in part because of lingering vaccine questions and misperceptions. Now, several Arizona institutions are collaborating on a five-year, $12.5 million CDC project to answer them.
Nov. 18, 2022
With kids back in school under pre-pandemic conditions and experts bracing for another potential COVID-19 wave, just under 64% of Arizonans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, the CDC recommends updated vaccines for children as young as 5.
Oct. 12, 2022
While the state's COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of receding, some experts say Arizona’s vaccination rates are still too low.
Sep. 14, 2022
COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation hard. Now, the tribe has vaccinated more than half of children ages 5 to 11; that’s compared to about a third nationwide.
Sep. 13, 2022
When the COVID-19 vaccine was first rolled out for adults, it seemed like you could get it everywhere. But by the time the vaccine was available to kids, that rollout looked very different.
Sep. 13, 2022
About one in 10 kindergartners in Arizona are unprotected against key childhood diseases. That’s largely due to a rise in the number of vaccine deniers coupled with one of the nation’s easiest opt-out provisions.
Sep. 8, 2022
Updated booster vaccines that target the omicron strain of COVID-19 started going into arms in Arizona over Labor Day weekend. They're available to Arizonans 12 and older.
Sep. 6, 2022
As new variants of COVID-19 become more dominant and flu season approaches, health officials are encouraging Arizonans 65 and up to roll up their sleeves.
Sep. 1, 2022