Vaccine News & Notes — February 2022

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Myocarditis and teens infographic

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, has been associated with receipt of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in a small number of people, particularly young men. However, most people do not realize that myocarditis can also be a result of COVID-19 infection. As such, choosing not to vaccinate to protect against myocarditis without considering the risk of myocarditis from infection is not considering all factors. To help with considering the relative risks of both vaccination and infection, the VEC recently released a new infographic.

Check it out today. [PDF, 126KB]

Video: “What should I know about COVID-19 vaccine boosters?”

To address the confusion surrounding booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, particularly for young people, Dr. Paul Offit, VEC Director, recently discussed what to consider in an updated version of the video, “What Should I Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters?”

Watch the three-minute video for the important considerations related to COVID-19 booster dosing.

Updated COVID Q&A

The VEC recently updated our four-page COVID-19 Q&A to include the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines, including common questions related to who should get vaccinated, pregnancy and breastfeeding, how the vaccines work, what they contain (ingredients), and what we know about their safety.

Check it out or share it today.

The Q&A is also available in Spanish and will soon be available in Japanese.

Can you name 7 types of misinformation?

The U.S. Surgeon General’s office recently released a nice infographic to remind everyone of the common types of health-related misinformation to watch out for when online. The types can be applied to all kinds of online misinformation and include:

  • Memes
  • Websites designed to look legitimate, but which intentionally misinform
  • Edited images
  • Cherry-picked statistics
  • Partial quotes, altered to suggest something different was being said
  • Misleading graphics
  • Edited videos

While some people share these items to point out errors or because they find them to be amusing, the best thing to do when faced with bad information is to let it die in your feed. Don’t share it or give it attention.

Check out the infographic, “7 Common Types of Health Misinformation,” or review a checklist to help you sort good from bad health information.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.