CDC recommends booster for immunocompromised

By Herald Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of either (Pfizer or Moderna) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses.

Currently, the CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots to those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or for any other population.

According to a press release from the Dubois County Health Department, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness.

This includes people who have:

• Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.

• Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

• Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).

• Advanced or untreated HIV infection.

• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

The additional dose should be obtained as least 28 days after the second.

To schedule an appointment for Moderna visit or call the Dubois County Health Department's immunization department at 812-481-7056. To schedule an appointment for Pfizer, call the immunization department at 812-481-7056.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Dubois County, the county health department asks residents to consider the following preventative measures:

• Getting vaccinated is your best method of protection against severe illness of COVID-19.

• Practice social distancing (6 feet separation) as much as possible.

• Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when you are not able to social distance.

• Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

• Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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