Latest Child and teen health News

Over 129K WA kids ages 5–11 receive first COVID vaccine dose

Dec. 03, 2021 15:16 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 129,000 children ages 5 through 11 in Washington state have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine since eligibility expanded to include younger kids on Nov. 3, health officials said Thursday. “While...

Child advocate highlights pandemic's impact in annual report

Dec. 03, 2021 13:59 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated a long-brewing mental health crisis for New Hampshire children, particularly those whose illness manifests as aggression, according to the latest annual report by a state watchdog agency. The 2021 report...

70 Prince George’s children received expired vaccine doses

Dec. 03, 2021 10:46 AM EST

LARGO, Md. (AP) — Seventy children who were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Prince George’s County received expired doses due to a storage error, health officials say. The county health department said in a news release Thursday that the children, ages 5-11, don't face...

New data suggests 1 in 44 US children affected by autism

Dec. 02, 2021 13:21 PM EST

New autism numbers released Thursday suggest more U.S. children are being diagnosed with the developmental condition and at younger ages. In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among...

Variants, boosters turn rich-poor vaccine gap into chasm

Dec. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines fairly already scaled back its pledge to the world's poor once. Now, to meet even that limited promise, COVAX would have to deliver more than a million doses every hour until the end of the year in some of the world's most...

Foundation donating $2.25M to improve children's cancer care

Dec. 02, 2021 10:56 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A foundation is making the largest gift in its history to help fight children's cancer in Maine. The Sam L. Cohen Foundation will donate $2.25 million to Maine Medical Center, Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and Maine Children's Cancer Program,...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 22:48 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between...

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot. Speaking to kids and parents at Kimball Elementary...

Jury awards $26M in malpractice lawsuit, a Nebraska record

Nov. 30, 2021 14:17 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Douglas County jury has awarded $26.1 million to a Sarpy County family who sued Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha after their child was sent home following an accidental fall and then suffered seizures that left her permanently disabled, though that...

Children's Wisconsin treating 7 victims from parade crash

Nov. 29, 2021 13:42 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Seven patients injured in last weekend's Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee are still being treated at Children's Wisconsin after a ninth patient was released Sunday, hospital officials said. The facility originally received 16 patients after...