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Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued fresh guidelines concerning COVID-19 vaccination for older adults. According to the latest recommendations, individuals aged 65 and above are advised to receive an additional updated dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the years 2023-2024. These recommendations stem from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which analyzed current data on vaccine efficacy and took into account the heightened risk of severe illness posed by COVID-19 in older populations.

The objective behind administering this supplementary vaccine dose is to bolster protection, which may have diminished since the previous fall vaccination, thereby mitigating the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, or mortality. Older adults are eligible for the additional vaccine dose four months after their last Moderna or Pfizer shot, or two months if they are immunocompromised. Additionally, the CDC offers further clinical insights to aid healthcare professionals in advising patients regarding the necessity of this extra vaccine dose.

For providers seeking guidance on vaccine updates and reimbursement policies, the AHCA/NCAL #getvaccinated website offers a range of free tools and resources.
 
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