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The Booster Bulletin: Your Weekly Dose of Immunization News

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer. Here are 6 fun and festive tips and resources.

During this pandemic, we remain committed to sharing news and information from local and national media about COVID-19 and immunization-related topics. Each week we’ll continue to review clips from across the U.S., from various news outlets and platforms, and bring you ten timely and relevant links.

"Sisolak urges Nevadans to limit nonessential activities under ‘Stay at Home 2.0’ or face further restrictions in two weeks" The Nevada Independent (November 10, 2020)

Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking Nevadans to voluntarily stay home for the next two weeks as COVID-19 cases spike statewide, warning that if the data doesn’t improve over that period he will be forced to take more drastic action. Under what Sisolak is calling “Stay at Home 2.0,” Nevadans are being urged to not go out in public unless absolutely necessary, not gather with those outside their households, order groceries for delivery instead of going to the store and pick up food curbside instead of dining at their favorite restaurant. Employers are also being asked to have their employees telework as much as possible for the next two weeks and host meetings virtually instead of in conference rooms.

"We Asked Five Experts for COVID Thanksgiving Advice" WebMD (October 28, 2020)

Thanksgiving 2020 just isn’t going to look the same. If you’re trying to find ways to gather, but still protect vulnerable loved ones from COVID, here are some ideas from the experts.

“Nevada ranks No.1 for flu activity” Las Vegas Review-Journal (November 5, 2020)

A weekly index by Walgreens shows the Silver State is experiencing the most flu activity, a ranking based on prescription data for antiviral medications to treat the flu from thousands of Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. The index is an indicator of incidence, but not severity, of illness, according to the giant drugstore chain.

“Pharmacy Chains Report Higher than Usual Demand for Flu Vaccines” Drug Topics (November 4, 2020)

Americans are taking the advice of US health care leaders, pharmacists, and others by getting flu vaccinations in record numbers this fall…NACDS, APhA, and other pharmacy groups have been urging Americans to get the flu vaccine for months.

“Pandemic restrictions could make for a lighter flu season”  CNN Health (November 5, 2020)

Fauci credited the flu shot, wearing masks, avoiding crowds, keeping physically distanced and frequent hand-washing as the actions that may have protected people in the Southern Hemisphere this winter. "There is no coronavirus vaccine but here is a flu vaccine, and it's important for us to do the things that we can," Wen said. "With what's essentially the twindemics of the flu and coronavirus, get the vaccine to protect at least against one."

“Inside the Operation Warp Speed effort to get Americans a COVID-19 vaccine” 60 minutes (November 8, 2020)

David Martin reports on the military efforts underway to inoculate 300 million Americans with an anticipated COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Denialist Playbook” Scientific American (November 8, 2020)

In the first half of the 1950s, with no cure and no vaccine, more than 200,000 Americans were disabled by the poliovirus. The virus was second only to the atomic bomb as to what Americans feared most. Then, on April 12, 1955, public health officials at the University of Michigan announced that a 'safe, effective, and potent' vaccine had been found. This set off a national celebration that recalled the end of World War II.

“Fauci Says He Trusts Pfizer, Will Take Vaccine If FDA Approves It” The Hill  (November 10, 2020)

Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he has confidence in Pfizer's work on a coronavirus vaccine and would not hesitate to take it if it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, hailed as ‘impressive’ Pfizer’s results announced Monday that its vaccine is over 90 percent effective.

"Is social media ready for a Covid-19 vaccine?" Vox (November 9, 2020)

From the possibility of multiple vaccines to regionally distinct distribution plans to still-evolving research, the process of vaccine implementation is already stoking anxiety and misinformation. Since the pandemic began, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have faced pressure to combat conspiracy theories about Covid-19 vaccines. 

"Wanted: Volunteers to help vaccinate Nevadans against COVID-19" Las Vegas Review-Journal (November 3, 2020)"

The state is seeking an unspecified number of medical volunteers to supplement a network of 4,000 vaccine providers who have stated their intent to provide COVID-19 immunizations at hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies and elsewhere across Nevada. More than 600 nurses have volunteered to be part of the medical corps, with more than 100 specifically designating interest in the vaccination effort, said volunteer manager Rachel Marchetti. These volunteers will be deployed at vaccination events hosted by communities across the state.

Prepare, Don’t Panic. To inform Nevadans statewide, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor's Office have created this website to better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada.

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