December 12, 2022
The latest COVID-19 vaccine data indicates that many Americans still need to make an appointment to receive the bivalent COVID-19 booster ahead of the winter holidays.
The CDC’s latest vaccine data indicates that millions of Americans across age demographics are still eligible to receive the bivalent vaccine. It’s especially important for people at high-risk for COVID-19 complications to catch up on their vaccines.
This week, hospital leaders and infectious disease experts are urging all Americans to stay up to date on their COVID-19 and flu vaccines as time is running out to ensure full protection heading into the holiday season.
“The best course of prevention of respiratory illness this fall and winter continues to be widespread vaccination against the flu and COVID-19—including ensuring eligible individuals have received an updated COVID-19 vaccine that increases protection against COVID-19 and targets the Omicron variant,” Xavier Becerra, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a letter to U.S. governors this month.
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Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted that the number of children (1,521) with confirmed COVID-19 during their hospital admission increased 68 percent during the past eight weeks.
“During this period, hospitalizations with COVID-19 increased for all children but especially for the youngest children,” AAP said.
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to remind everyone who is eligible to get their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations ahead of the winter holidays. Staying up to date on your vaccines ensures you have full protection ahead of family gatherings this winter.
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