1) What should you do if you get a breakthrough infection? (CNN, interview with expert Dr. Leanna Wen)
Covid-19 vaccines are very effective against preventing infection, but no vaccine is 100% effective. Fully vaccinated people can and do become infected. It’s not known exactly how many of these breakthrough infections are occurring, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not collecting national data this comprehensive. Based on reports from 25 states that do keep track of these data, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the rate of breakthrough infections is well below 1%.
Many people have questions about what to do if they are vaccinated but test positive. Should they isolate, and for how long? What about family members — should they all get tested? What kinds of symptoms should make someone concerned that they might have a breakthrough infection? And how to address skeptics who question getting the vaccine if you can still get the coronavirus?
Read the full interview here: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/health/vaccinated-breakthrough-infections-covid-wellness/index.html
2) Q&A: Can You Get Flu and COVID Shot at the Same Time?
With first-time COVID-19 immunizations continuing and the plan to offer booster vaccines to most Americans starting next month, what are the considerations for getting COVID-19 and flu shots at the same time?
Medscape/WebMD asked Andrew T. Pavia, MD, for his advice. He is the chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.