Latest Child and teen health News

The Latest: Report: LA County police, fire saw 211 outbreaks

Sep. 26, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Public health officials have identified more than 200 coronavirus outbreaks at police or fire agencies throughout Los Angeles County since the start of the pandemic, according to data obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The 211 outbreaks, accounting for...

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids' shots

Sep. 26, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved...

Alabama schools battling food shortages amid pandemic

Sep. 26, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

Cayce Davis spends hours of her day on the phone. As child nutrition director for Elmore County schools, she has to call their three food distributors to figure out which food products they actually have and what they can substitute. She has to see if her district’s...

Georgia child’s legacy seeks to aid families battling cancer

Sep. 26, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Alex Dexter never saw his second birthday, but his legacy could help bring a life-saving therapy to Augusta all while comforting other families battling cancer and serious illness. Dr. Erin and Chris Dexter created the AlexStrong Foundation in honor...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 24, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Supreme Court...

Second Tennessee judge blocks Gov. Lee's mask opt-out

Sep. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday handed down a second blow to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's contentious order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements, ruling that Knox County Schools must implement a mask mandate to help protect children with health problems...

EXPLAINER: California making plans to give COVID-19 boosters

Sep. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is preparing to administer third “booster” vaccine shots against COVID-19 for older people and immunocompromised adults as well as initial shots for students under 12 once the federal government approves them for children. On Thursday, state officials...

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

Sep. 23, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? Experts say there's no strong evidence that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, although delta has led to a surge in infections among kids because it's more contagious. ...

S. Carolina senators hear testimony on COVID-19 treatments

Sep. 23, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina continues to grapple with thousands of new coronavirus cases that have burdened hospitals and disrupted schools, the panel of lawmakers that oversees medical issues is gathering testimony from people who want greater access to unproven alternative...

Judge gives Dutch boy OK for vaccine amid parental dispute

Sep. 23, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 12-year-old boy has gone to court in the Netherlands to get permission to receive a COVID-19 vaccine so he can visit his grandmother who is battling lung cancer, according to a written court ruling published Thursday. The boy, whose...