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Adolescent Covid-19 Rate is low in North Dakota

North Dakota's health department shows that nearly 13% of the state's adolescents are fully vaccinated.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — New data is showing teens are not getting their Covid vaccines since being authorized to do so. North Dakota’s health department shows that nearly 13 percent of the state’s adolescents are fully vaccinated. This comes after the FDA and CDC gave Pfizer and Moderna emergency authorization to administer doses. A Sanford official says some barriers could…

Local Alzheimer’s Association CEO discusses new drug approved for the disease

For nearly 20 years the Alzheimer's community has seen no medication progress until now.

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The FDA has given the go-ahead for a new Alzheimer’s drug. “We’re slowing down the progression of the disease or this drug will do that. That’s exciting because it will give people more time and a better quality of time while they’re with their families,” Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota CEO & Director Susan Parriott…

Moderna Asks FDA to approve Covid-19 vaccine for children

Moderna submitted a request to the FDA for emergency authorization to administer doses to 12 to 17-year-olds.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Sanford Health says they are prepared if Moderna is authorized to vaccinate kids with its vaccine. Moderna submitted a request to the FDA for emergency authorization to administer doses to 12 to 17-year-olds. The company’s trial evaluated the vaccine in around 37 hundred kids. The clinical trial found it was one hundred percent successful. Pfizer was…

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine approved for children ages 12 to 15

UNITED STATES (KVRR) – The Food and Drug Administration expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. Last month Pfizer said phase three clinical trials found its vaccine was safe and one hundred percent effective in the age group. Preliminary data shows there were no cases among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 given placebos….

Sanford Health Is Prepared for Vaccinating Adolescents

If the FDA approves the move, the vaccine will be given emergency authorization for use for adolescents ages 12 to 15.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The FDA is reviewing the Pfizer vaccine for children age 12 to 15 next week. “We are able to cover more bases in our community from keeping that virus from spreading. As well as providing benefit to people who want to be protected from COVID-19, including those who are 12 to 15-year-olds,” Manager of Pharmacy Services,…

The Ensuring Innovation Act: New Law Helps Lower Prescription Prices

The Ensuring Innovation Act will help prevent pharmaceutical manufacturers from making small adjustments to raise drug prices.

WASHINGTON (KVRR) — Some prescription prices will be lower with a new bill President Biden has signed into law. The Ensuring Innovation Act will help prevent pharmaceutical manufacturers from making small adjustments to raise drug prices. The bill was led by Democratic Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota and Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. They say they want to help…

US health panel urges restarting J&J COVID-19 vaccinations

WASHINGTON, DC – A U.S. health panel says it’s time to resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, despite a very rare risk of blood clots. Out of nearly 8 million people vaccinated before the U.S. suspended J&J’s shot, health officials uncovered 15 cases of a highly unusual kind of blood clot, three of them fatal. All were women,…

NDSU Opens Second Vaccination Clinic

Sanford Health provides 1,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines to NDSU

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota State University opens its second vaccination site on campus. “When the CDC and FDA announcement came out about the pause in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine administration, they switched very quickly over to the Pfizer vaccine,” NDSU Department of Public Health Project Coordinator Kylie Hall said. The university swapped vaccines at the last minute…

Essentia Health & Sanford Health share how J&J vaccine pause impacts ND & MN

"The incidents out of 6.8 million doses only have six reported cases. Again, it's exceedingly rare and how to even know if the two are related."

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) – As the FDA and CDC pause the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, local health care facilities are following their guidance. “The incidents out of 6.8 million doses only have six reported cases. Again, it’s exceedingly rare and how to even know if the two are related,” Essentia Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Vetter said….

Is Giving Melatonin to Children Dangerous?

Dr. Setty says before you start your child on melatonin, talk to your family physician

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A local doctor says there’s not enough evidence to determine if Melatonin is dangerous for children. “At this time, the long term effect of melatonin, we have no idea because we need more research to talk about it. It’s usually recommended for a shorter term,” Sanford Health Pediatric Sleep Specialist Dr. Arveity Setty said. Dr. Setty…