September 11, 2023
This message includes updates on COVID-19 from CDC.
Immunity against COVID-19 is stronger today than at any other point since COVID-19 emerged. Immunity from vaccines and/or previous infection acts like a shield against the virus and reduces your chance of getting a serious infection. But we still need to be cautious because immune protection decreases over time. This is especially important for older adults, who make up most of the hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
We also have to remember that the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to change. For example, we are currently learning more about a newer variant called BA.2.86. It’s a reminder to use the tools we have to fight COVID-19.
Here are ways to keep you and your loved ones safe as we head into the fall season.
The updated COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be available in mid-September. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet tomorrow, September 12, 2023, to review scientific data and is expected to discuss and vote on vaccine recommendations. Meetings are open to the public and available online via live webcast.
COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are increasing in the United States but remain relatively low compared to peaks seen last year. Although hospitalization rates have increased in all age groups since early July, rates have increased the most in adults 65 years and older and in infants and children, especially infants younger than 6 months. Keep an eye on COVID-19 levels in your area by visiting the COVID Data Tracker.
Introducing CDC’s Respiratory Virus Updates
Be prepared for the fall and winter respiratory virus season. CDC has created a go-to spot for posting updates on respiratory viruses every week. Make sure to favorite this site to get the latest data and science, prevention tips, vaccination updates, and more.