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Medshore Ambulance (SC) Says Improvements Are Underway

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Medshore Ambulance officials discussed ways they're working to improve Bamberg County's ambulance service and their efforts to add another truck.
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Video: Stolen Kunkel Ambulance Fished from NY Bay

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Reports of a stolen ambulance from a Utica-based company turned into a lengthy pursuit on the New York State Thruway for state troopers.

13 Wounded in Downtown Austin Shooting

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A shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, Texas, injured 13 people early Saturday.
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Australian Fisherman in Coma after Whale Leaps from Sea, Lands on Boat

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A whale thrusted from the waters off the coast of Australia and came crashing down on a small fishing boat, critically injuring two men.
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Law Enforcement Struggles to Gain Recruits

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Law enforcement saw a wave of retirements and departures and are struggling to recruit the next generation of police officers in the year since George Floyd's killing.
This Saturday, March 6, 2021 file photo shows vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy in Denver.

U.S. Extends Expiration Dates for J&J COVID Vaccine by Six Weeks

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Johnson & Johnson said U.S. regulators extended the expiration date on millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks.
Why do some people get side effects after COVID-19 vaccines? Temporary side effects including headache, fatigue and fever are signs the immune system is revving up -- a normal response to vaccines. And they’re common. “The day after getting these vaccines, I wouldn’t plan anything that was strenuous physical activity,” said Dr. Peter Marks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief, who experienced fatigue after his first dose. Here's what’s happening: The immune system has two main arms, and the first kicks in as soon as the body detects a foreign intruder. White blood cells swarm to the site, prompting inflammation that’s responsible for chills, soreness, fatigue and other side effects. This rapid-response step of your immune system tends to wane with age, one reason younger people report side effects more often than older adults. Also, some vaccines simply elicit more reactions than others. That said, everyone reacts differently. If you didn’t feel anything a day or two after either dose, that doesn’t mean the vaccine isn't working. Behind the scenes, the shots also set in motion the second part of your immune system, which will provide the real protection from the virus by producing antibodies. Another nuisance side effect: As the immune system activates, it also sometimes causes temporary swelling in lymph nodes, such as those under the arm. Women are encouraged to schedule routine mammograms ahead of COVID-19 vaccination to avoid a swollen node being mistaken for cancer. Not all side effects are routine. But after hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered around the world — and intense safety monitoring — few serious risks have been identified. A tiny percentage of people who got vaccines made by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson reported an unusual type of blood clot. Some countries reserved those shots for older adults but regulatory authorities say the benefits of offering them still outweigh the risks. People also occasionally have serious allergic reactions. That's why you're asked to stick around for about 15 minutes after getting any type of COVID-19 vaccine — to ensure any reaction can be promptly treated. Finally, authorities are trying to determine whether temporary heart inflammation that can occur with many types of infections also might be a rare side effect after the mRNA vaccines, the kind made by Pfizer and Moderna. U.S. health officials can't yet tell if there's a link but say they're monitoring a small number of reports, mostly male teens or young adults.

Why Do Some People Get Side Effects after COVID-19 Vaccines?

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Temporary side effects including headache, fatigue and fever are signs the immune system is revving up -- a normal response to vaccines.

Billings (MT) Fire Department Looks at Changes to Response Calls and Ambulance Services

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The department will consider creating a handful of two-person EMT quick-response teams that would respond to calls not involving fire.

New ECHN Partnership Offers Urgent Home Medical Care

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Prospect ECHN has launched a partnership with DispatchHealth to offer urgent medical care visits to Connecticut-area homes.
Located deep in the backcountry of Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyons District, and hidden in a small side canyon, sits Kolob Arch,

Woman Dies after Fall at Zion National Park

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A 26-year-old woman has died after falling in a canyon at a U.S. national park in Utah, officials said.