July 11, 2022
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
People Who Are Immunocompromised
If you or someone you live or spend time with is immunocompromised, it is important to have a COVID-19 plan to protect yourself from infection and prepare for what to do if you get sick.
Your plan should include:
How to Protect Yourself
• Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations
• Talk with your healthcare provider about COVID-19 pre-exposure prophylaxis (preventive medications)
• Take extra precautions, including wearing a mask, avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded indoor settings, and washing your hands often
What you can do now to prepare
• Know the symptoms of COVID-19
• Learn how to check your COVID-19 Community Level
• Know how to get tested as soon as possible
• Know how to reach a healthcare provider right away
• Have an updated list of all your current medications
What to do if you were exposed to COVID-19
• Determine if you should stay home
• Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested at least 5 days after exposure.
• Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others
What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms
• Stay home
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
• Contact your healthcare provider, health department, or Community Health Center to learn about treatment options
• Check if a Test to Treat location is in your community
• Isolate until it’s safe to be around others
• Monitor your symptoms. If you notice emergency warning signs, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility
Learn How to Get Treatment Quickly
If you test positive for COVID-19, oral antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments are available for people who are more likely to get very sick. Learn more about COVID-19 treatment.
Don’t delay. Treatment must be started right away to be effective. Talk to your healthcare provider about what treatment options are best for you.
Share your COVID-19 plan with your family, friends, and healthcare providers so they can support your prevention and preparation steps.
COVID-19 Vaccines for People who are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised
If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death. Additionally, your immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised.
As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when you can get boosters to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
You may also be eligible for Evusheld, a medicine given by your healthcare provider to help prevent you from getting COVID-19.
You can self-attest to your moderately or severely immunocompromised status. This means that you do not need any documentation of your status in order to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses wherever they are offered.
COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review
Children 6 months and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines are safe and the best defense against severe COVID-19.
Parents can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children in this week’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review: http://bit.ly/CDTweeklyreview