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A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle.

CDC Leader Adds Healthcare Workers to COVID Booster List

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People who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or homeless shelters, as well as health care workers, are included.
The photo shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo at the agency's federal headquarters in Atlanta.

Authorities Investigate Latest Case of a Rare Tropical Disease

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U.S. health officials are investigating the latest fatal case of a rare tropical disease typically found in South Asia.
A restaurant worker in a blue shirt holds his face mask in Biloxi, Miss. On Friday, March 12, 2021.

CDC Reverses Course on Indoor Masks

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The CDC recommends that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.
FILE - In this May 29, 2020, file photo, people wearing face masks take an escalator to the second floor of the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif.

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Largely Ditch Masks Indoors

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
The image shows a medical illustration of drug-resistant, Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria.

New CDC Guidelines Recommend Against Annual Tuberculosis Testing

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The CDC says annual Tuberculosis testing of health care personnel is not recommended unless there is a known exposure or ongoing transmission.
Masked and unmasked pedestrians walk along the Las Vegas Strip, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Las Vegas.

Outdoor Mask Guidance Echoes What Many Americans Already Do

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased its guidelines on the wearing of masks outdoors.
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine sits on a table.

U.S. Recommends ‘Pause’ for J&J Vaccine over Clot Reports

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The U.S. is recommending a “pause” on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.
In this March 2, 2021, file photo, Vanessa Guerra, at right, a special education teacher at Grant Elementary School in Hollywood, receives a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Kelly Mendoza.

Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks, CDC Says

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Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, the CDC says.
Sacramento Fire Department

CDC Holding National Forum on the COVID-19 Vaccine

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is organizing a virtual forum on the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution.

What Firefighters and EMS Providers Need to Know about COVID-19

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The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.