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65+ Urged to Get an Extra COVID-19 Dose this Season

It is crucial to prioritize the health and safety of older adults as the data continues to show they are disproportionality affected by COVID-19.  In response to this trend, the CDC recently issued a statement recommending that those over the age of 65 should get an additional dose of the updated vaccine even if they got one in the fall.  You can read the full statement here.  Latest data from the CDC also highlights the severity of the situation with the majority of hospitalizations in the last quarter of 2023 occurring in individuals over the age of 65. 

 

Alongside vaccination, which is strongly recommended for older adults and anyone with a weekend immune system, the CDC advises the following additional guidelines:

 

-       Getting fresh air and avoiding crowded indoor spaces

-       Cleaning common areas and surfaces on a frequent basis

-       Washing or sanitizing hands regularly

-       Covering your coughs and sneezes

-       Staying away from others when sick

-       Wearing a tight-fitting mask when around others

-       Returning to normal activities only after 24-hours without fever-reducing medication and improvement in symptoms

-       Remaining vigilant for the next 5-days to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others

 

Let’s work together to keep our older adults and communities safe and healthy!

 

Learn more about staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines here

 

Nurse holding a COVID-19 vaccine

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The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical, legal, insurance, financial or any other professional advice.




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