Unlike other viruses that have been around for decades, COVID continues to evolve, as does the research about how effective the vaccines are in protecting people against new or recurring cases.
“Based on a big trial of 2,260 adolescents in that age range, the vaccine was incredibly effective,” says Kara Kelly, MD, Chair of the Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program.
Regardless of whether additional booster doses will be needed later, the benefits of having the vaccine provided some immediate rewards.
Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for developing cancers of the head & neck, esophagus, liver, breast, colon and rectum.
Lavon Amos is no stranger to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He’s been treated twice for cancer here, first for prostate cancer in 1999 and later for multiple myeloma, and has been cancer-free since 2015. But when notified that he was eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, he hesitated.
For some women, routine mammograms are showing swollen lymph nodes in the upper arm and armpit area on the side where they’ve received their vaccine. But that’s not a reason to be alarmed.
When gathering information to help you make informed decisions about vaccination for yourself and your family, it’s important to follow the science and weigh your own personal risks and benefits.
"You can’t let your guard down for a moment, especially when you work with immunocompromised patients. I was afraid if I had been exposed, I could be passing this on to our patients.”
Why do we need two doses of these vaccines? Isn’t one enough? Wouldn’t we be able to get more people vaccinated — and faster — if we all took just one dose?
If you're a Roswell Park patient who's still waiting to get vaccinated against COVID-19, please read this carefully.
Each of our frontline employees had special reasons for rolling up their sleeve to get the shot; here are some of their stories.