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Connecting Wildfires to the Public’s Health

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As wildfires of record heat and intensity roared the Western U.S. and other parts of the world, PHI experts linked these incidents—and their aftermaths—to health. In 2019 PHI’s Dr. Linda Rudolph called for better evacuation planning (especially for vulnerable populations, like the elderly and people with disabilities), and helped health departments prep for future incidents. A research study, led by PHI’s Dr. Gina Solomon, looked at the state of water in areas affected by the Paradise Camp Fire—with implications for other communities across the globe that have experienced super-heated wildfires. She checked water in homes for contaminants that had leached into local water supplies. Learn more.

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Breakthrough Infection Study of Over 600,000 Veterans Shows Declining COVID-19 Vaccine Protection

A new pre-print study of over 600,000 veterans by researchers from PHI and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center finds that overall COVID-19 vaccine protection declined significantly between February and August 2021. Declines were greatest for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (from 88% in March to 3% in August), followed by PfizerBioNTech (91% to 50%) and Moderna (92% to 64%).

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