June 27 - Reduce vaccine side effects for kids, $20 million UCI Health center gift
Nice day for a picnic – and, if you can fly, no need to worry about ants! A hummingbird draws nectar from a naked coral tree at Aldrich Park. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
In this continuing series, UCI experts answer questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.
Today’s question is answered by Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of public health.
Is there any way to reduce side effects from the shot to kids under 5?
Getting your children vaccinated in the morning, when cortisol levels are higher, may offer the likelihood of your child’s body responding appropriately while minimizing the possibility of clinical side effects (not feeling well, fever, etc.). It is not a guarantee, but scheduling to vaccinate before or by 9 a.m. may offer protective effects. Kids should also drink water and have a good rest the night before getting vaccinated.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Wen family donates $20 million to new Center for Advanced Care
Supported by a $20 million gift from Joe C. Wen and his family, the UCI Health outpatient clinical facility at the new UCI Health-Irvine complex on Jamboree Road will bring specialty clinical expertise closer to coastal and south Orange County residents. “We are very grateful for the Wen family’s remarkable gift, which advances our belief that human health and well-being require a science-based approach that engages all disciplines in caring for the whole person and community,” says UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman.
Should you worry about monkeypox?
As of June 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 170 cases of monkeypox in 24 states and the District of Columbia, including 50 probable cases in California. No infections have been reported in Orange County, but Dr. Shruti K. Gohil, associate director of epidemiology and infection prevention, says, “While monkeypox is not as transmissible as COVID-19, our team at UCI Health and many others in the infectious disease research community are keeping a sharp eye on the progress of this emerging public health risk.”
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Cannabis use rose with legalization and lockdowns: U.N. report
The rise in regular cannabis use during COVID-19 lockdowns is similar to the increase experienced in California and other U.S. states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s annual World Drug Report. "The proportion of people with psychiatric disorders and suicides associated with regular cannabis use has increased,” the report also noted.
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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Financial Times, June 26
Cited: Samantha Vortherms, assistant professor of political science
GRID, June 27
Cited: Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, and Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law
The New York Times (opinion), June 26
Author: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of law
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
24 new campus cases
From Friday through Sunday, UCI recorded two dozen new cases of COVID-19: 18 students and six employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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