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Older Americans recommended to get additional COVID-19 vaccine this spring

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that older Americans get another COVID-19 vaccine this spring, reports Reuters.

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CDC Director Mandy Cohen on Feb. 28 approved the use of updated COVID-19 vaccines as the second annual shot for older Americans age 65 and older.

The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 11 to 1 for older Americans to get another shot this spring. Last year, the committee recommended an optional additional dose for this age group.

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“Last year, the majority of deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 occurred in those 65+. An additional dose of vaccine will provide protection to this group of people,” Cohen said.

According to the CDC, adults aged 65+ are most affected by COVID-19. Of those hospitalized between October and December 2023, more than half were from this age group.

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