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Vaccine Mandates, Pandemics and War

By Dr. George Voigtlander

It was 1775, George Washington and the Continental Army were in a war of attrition with the mightiest military force in the world, the British Empire.  Washington knew he had to take bold steps to win this war. At this time smallpox was a lethal disease, killing both Continental and British soldiers.  Smallpox vaccination was crude and had a high rate of adverse effects including death.  General Washington . . .

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COVID-19 - Why Vaccine?

By Dr. George Voigtlander

There have been two great things that have saved lives more than any glamorous medical “breakthrough”.  The first is sanitation, clean water, control of sewage borne contagion, and control of infections spread by the dead.  Clean water is well understood, modern plumbing has conquered the first two threats and modern mortuary science the third.  The second great development is vaccination. . . .

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COVID 19 – Reflections, Moving to the Next Wave

By Kelly Findlay, Chief Nursing Officer

As we head into what appears to be the nation’s next wave of COVID 19 infection I turn and reflect on what healthcare has been through and where we expect it to go.  Since the beginning a lot of things have changed.  Some for the better and some for the worse.  Things that have been better:  Influenza cases were at an all-time low most likely related to increase in people getting the influenza vaccination, . . .

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Across The Wide Missouri

By Dr. George Voigtlander

There have been some disturbing new developments in the Covid pandemic.  In Missouri, just across the river from Southeast Nebraska, Covid cases and hospitalizations are increased, as are deaths.  While Covid cases and complications from the disease are down in many areas a “third wave” is washing over many others, those with low vaccination rates.    The new variant, the Delta, first found . . .

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To Vax or not to Vax, that is the Question!

By Dr. George Voigtlander

Since former President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed vaccine manufacturers have done an incredible job of taking already existing vaccine technologies and applied them to the Covid-19 virus.     Many, but not enough people have taken advantage of this near miracle.  About 70-80% of the population needs to be immune, either by previous infection and/or vaccination . . .

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Vaccines and Mutations

By Dr. George Voigtlander

Vaccines and Mutations There has been a proposal from President-Elect Biden to release vaccine which had been held in reserve for giving second doses of the vaccination to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The question is whether it's better to have wider spread partial immunity or more focused more complete immunity.  Other countries have debated and begun doing . . .

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Vaccine Reaction

By Dr. George Voigtlander

Vaccine Reaction The first day of Pfizer vaccine administration in Britain seemed to go well overall.  The news did report that two nurses who received the vaccine had significant reactions to the vaccine.  The National Health Service (NHS) responded to this recommending that people who have had severe allergic reaction not receive the vaccine. A severe reaction is one where there are certain types of . . .

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More on the COVID-19 Vaccines #2

By Dr. George Voigtlander

There are currently 19 COVID-19 vaccines in various state of development.  This is great news for the world as the pandemic continues to spread. On Friday afternoon the CDC offered recommendations on who may and should not get the 2 new COVID-19 vaccines. They recommended that people who have had severe allergic reactions to components of the vaccines not receive it. These include the modified messenger RNA (mRNA), . . .

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More on the COVID-19 Vaccines

By Dr. George Voigtlander

On Friday afternoon the CDC offered recommendations on who may and should not get the 2 new COVID-19 vaccines. They recommended that people who have had severe allergic reactions to components of the vaccines not receive it. These include the modified messenger RNA (mRNA), polyethylene glycol (the ingredient in MiraLAX) and tiny amounts of cholesterol. There are also minute amounts of potassium chloride, potassium phosphate, . . .

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COVID-19 - Vaccine Reaction

By Dr. George Voigtlander

The first day of Pfizer vaccine administration in Britain seemed to go well overall.  The news did report that two nurses who received the vaccine had significant reactions to the vaccine.  The National Health Service (NHS) responded to this recommending that people who have had severe allergic reaction not receive the vaccine. A severe reaction is one where there are certain types of rashes, difficulty breathing, . . .

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