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Updated Covid Shot For Everyone Aged 6 Months Or Above: CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declares everyone aged 6 months and older must receive the updated shot for Covid. The advisory committee voted in favor of the recommendation. 

The CDC director, Dr. Mandy Cohen, said in a media statement “we have more tools than ever for preventing the worst outcomes due to Covid-19.” The vaccination for everyone above 6 months, was recommended as it would protect them against the rapidly modifying virus. 

The availability of the shots is ensured by the end of the week in parts of the country. The infectious disease expert,  Dr. William Schaffner, recalled the low percentage of the people who had gotten the 2022 shot. The expert from a medical center in Nashville added pointing out the similarity in the uncertainty of the people who would get the updated shot this time. 

The upward trend of the cases in late summer this year led to the development of this updated shot. The most recent count of the people hospitalized due to Covid was 18,871. With nearly 9% of an increase in cases over the previous week. 

However, with cases in end-August and early-September touching the 35,000 mark,  the number of hospitalizations had decreased in comparison to the cases recorded last year during the same period. 

The CDC epidemiologist, Megan Wallace, expressed her concern over the incoming flu season with fall\wall right around the corner. The updated shots target a subvariant of Omicron known as the XBB.1.5. As the maximum viruses circulating are related to this strain, the vaccine is expected to be effective against them. 

Additionally, the CDC meeting also elaborated on the  Immunization Practices recommended by the Advisory Committee. It suggested that everyone from 5 years and above must receive one dose of the shot by fall. 

Schaffner opined that a large number of people receiving the vaccination will make the communities “safer” and reduce the number of hospitalizations. 

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