The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently recommended getting COVID-19 vaccines that had been granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 11.

These were issued to Moderna and Pfizer for their new and updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to combat the new variant that natural or acquired immunity does not confer protection.

In published commentary, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine noted:

“The war on COVID-19 continues to be fought valiantly and selflessly by health care professionals in communities and hospitals across the nation,” said Allison H. Ferris, M.D., chair of the college’s Department of Medicine and director of the internal medicine residency program. “As competent and compassionate physicians, we must redouble our efforts to promote evidence-based clinical and public health practices, including vaccination of all eligible U.S. adults and children with the new vaccine.”

The updated COVID-19 vaccines are now available at most pharmacies. Sources can be accessed at vaccines.gov. 

Health care providers can reassure patients that the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance companies reimburse the cost for the updated COVID-19 vaccine, as well as all other vaccines that are endorsed by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

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12304787286?profile=RESIZE_710xThe JFK Breast Center team includes (l-r) Keziah Geneve, Lisa Addesa, Tonnica Sanassas, Maria Nieto, Dawn Paynter, Dr. Georges Hatoum, Dr. Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, Dr. Dianne Georgian-Smith, Sharon Wilson, Rolando Perez, Terry Eggenberger and Eunide Destine Joseph. Photo provided

HCA Florida JFK Hospital was recently named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for cardiac surgery, and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care, orthopedic surgery and spine surgery by Healthgrades.

Also, HCA Florida JFK Hospital Breast Center was re-accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers administered by the American College of Surgeons. It has been accredited since 2010. Patients receiving care at this accredited center have access to comprehensive care, a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.

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Delray Medical Center achieved numerous five-star ratings for specialty care by Healthgrades. For treating heart failure, it has been a five-star recipient for 22 consecutive years. Achieving ratings for the first time for 2024, it is a five-star recipient for valve surgery, treating heart attacks, defibrillator procedures, and coronary intervention procedures.

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FloSpine, based in Boca Raton, has achieved 510(k) clearance for its KeyLift Expandable Interlaminar Stabilization System from the FDA.

This device addresses spinal stenosis, a condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows, causing pressure on the nerves and leading to back and leg pain, weakness and numbness. Traditional treatment options for spinal stenosis have often involved invasive surgical procedures with long recovery times. The KeyLift system is a less invasive alternative and can be administered in an outpatient surgery center.

The design is the result of years of research, development and testing by the FloSpine team, anchored by the late Luis Escobar, lead design engineer.

FloSpine has also moved to a new location, said Andrew Duffell, president of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, expanding from the Global Ventures incubator into its own space at the Research Park.

FloSpine’s growth is “an inspiration to health-tech entrepreneurs and Florida Atlantic students who see their classmates excel in an exciting, growing industry,” Duffell said.

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Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing with Cross Country Healthcare has launched two new continuing education certificate courses designed to train health care professionals and caregivers on compassionate care of persons with dementia and nurses caring for patients in telemetry/progressive care units.

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