When should you get a COVID booster? Experts say before the holidays

When should you get a COVID booster? Experts say before the holidays

Less than 8% of all Utahns are considered up-to-date Vaccination against COVID-19according to the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.

But health experts say it’s not too late for adults and children from 5 years old to stay safe from COVID-19 for Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations this winter by rolling up their sleeves for the latest reinforcementthe first targeted at currently circulating versions of the virus.

“Scientifically, I think now is the perfect time to get it,” said Rich Lakin, director of immunizations for the state Department of Health and Human Services. Based on the two to three weeks it may take immunity for construction, said the updated booster dose now means a high level of protection once the holidays arrive.

Even before families sit down together for Thanksgiving lunch, Lakin said they’ve probably been subjected to extra exposure virus, since “we all know that before Thanksgiving people go shopping. They will be closer and closer to each other. It will be colder.”

Covid-19 cases are already starting to rise, with the state reporting that the seven-day average number of cases rose nearly 14% over the past week, to just over 346. The seven-day average of new hospital admissions due to the virus also jumped from less than 16 to 18 a day, just over 13% increase.

The state Department of Health and Human Services also reported that nine more Utahns have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the last update posted on coronavirus.utah.gov a week ago, bringing the number of deaths from the virus in Utah at 5,065.

Increased immunity should last not only through Christmas and New Year but all winter. he said, from what is known as bivalent amplification as it also continues to target the original strain of COVID-19 in addition to versions omicron variant marked BA.4 i BA.5 which are responsible for the majority of cases in the US

Updated vaccinations approved by the federal government for adults and children 5 years of age, provided that it has been two months or more since they received the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, available to all at least 6 months old.

Individuals are considered vaccinated if they are 5 years of age or older and have received a booster shot or if they are younger than 5 years of age and have completed the initial series of vaccinations. Nationally, center for disease control and prevention says 7.3% of Americans age 5 or older have received an up-to-date vaccination.

Low Supplement Drug Intake ‘Frustrating’ FDA Official

Hilary Marston, chief medical officer of the US Food and Drug Administration, expressed concern in an interview with Scientific American posted this week about the low intake of patch updates that became available in early September.

“Do I want to see the numbers higher? Absolutely. And I think that every healthcare worker and anyone who has followed this pandemic closely would do that. As a health care worker, a guy, I feel for those on the front lines in the emergency room,” Marston said.

Those health care providers “will be there to take care of you if you get sick, of course, but it’s just such an effort,” she said. “And it’s frustrating, because we have the tools, we have more than we could have hoped for at the beginning of this pandemic. And it’s frustrating to see boosters without taking up arms.”

Marston called the updated shots “the best thing you can do to protect yourself from this virus” and urged everyone eligible to get them. She said that those who are hospitalized or die from COVID-19 “are mostly people who have not been vaccinated at all or have not been vaccinated”.

Lakin is optimistic Utahns’ interest in booster doses it will soon move up.

“It’s low everywhere. I think people are tired of vaccines right now. As we head into the fall, we ask them to win flu vaccine. We ask them to get another bivalent graft. There was a lot of reinforcement,” he said. “We just have to be patient, and as the season gets closer to winter, I think we’ll start to see an increase.”

Why Utah’s State Immunization Director Had to Wait for His Refill

State Department of Health and Human Services immunization director has been waiting to get his updated COVID-19 vaccination due to lingering symptoms a turning point of the virus during the summer, including the loss of the sense of taste and smell.

It is recommended for people who have had COVID-19 wait three months before they receive vaccination, because they have a certain natural immunity after infection. Lakin said he plans to get both an updated booster shot against COVID-19 and an annual one flu vaccination this week.

“You know, a virus can do that to you,” he said, describing himself as lucky not to have suffered damage to his lungs or other organs. But Lakin said he expects to have to live with the “weird” effects of his long-term COVID-19 for a year or more because so little is known about treatment.

For those still reviewing the need for the updated COVID-19 booster, his message was clear.

“The risk from the vaccine is very minimal compared to the risk from the virus itself. And you just don’t know if you’re going to get COVID if you’re going to be one of those who get serious complications,” Lakin said, crediting the vaccines. saving millions of lives.

“I just think people need to remember that the pandemic is not over. This will continue for some time,” he warned. “The best you can do is protect yourselfand you can do that with a vaccine.”



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