Doctors said there is no connection between the COVID-19 shots and breast cancer, but they said COVID vaccines - like some other vaccines - can cause your lymph nodes to swell temporarily causing your mammogram to appear abnormal.
Health experts said the Delta variant has spread to more than 80 countries and continues to mutate. Local doctors said that’s especially concerning here in Alabama, where vaccination rates are low comparing the situation to a hurricane warning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky says she expects the delta variant will become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. The delta variant, first detected in India, has become dominant in Britain.
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s focus with the grant is to reduce the burden of COVID-19 among populations disproportionately affected and who are at higher risk of exposure, infection and hospitalization and mortality; as well as focus on communities having disproportionate rates of chronic diseases that increase the severity of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the Alabama Department of Public Health said there was only one case of the Delta variant reported in the state, but on Wednesday, ADPH said there are at least seven known cases. ADPH is hoping to get federal money soon to do more genetic sequencing on COVID cases.
The death rates — posted online this week by federal health authorities — add to the growing body of evidence that the number of lives lost directly or indirectly to the coronavirus in the U.S. is far greater than the officially reported COVID-19 death toll of nearly 600,000 in 2020-21.
Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic.
The panel and discussion will include topics such as vaccine hesitance throughout Alabama communities and the infrastructure, geographic and socioeconomic barriers impacting rural and underserved communities’ abilities to equitably access COVID-19 vaccinations.
People at the Jefferson County Department of Health are scaling back, but they are still looking forward to normalcy so they can go after treating healthcare needs they believe may have been ignored or delayed over the last year or so.