LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Following CDC’s recent approval for a second COVID-19 booster, experts from Mayo Clinic Health System and Gunderson Health System clarify guidance.
The CDC’s recommendation means that a second booster shot is now encouraged for people over the age of 50 and those over the age of 12.
Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic Health System’s vaccine specialist, hopes these boosters can help protect those who need it most from future outbreaks.
“This is an approved recommendation made in the interest of trying to overtake the next surge or surge in cases.” Dr. Poland said.
He adds that if you think you might be susceptible to falling seriously ill, it’s best to get checked out by your doctor.
“My recommendation would be that people who fit the age group or category to receive a booster, speak with their health care provider to understand their condition.”
Megan Mailer, infection prevention specialist at Gunderson Health System, said vaccines are really helpful in reducing people’s chances of being hospitalized. With the new BA.2 version now in major tension in the country, experts withdraw guidance as a tool to provide a little extra protection to those at risk.
“Think that the second booster is just boosting that initial immunity, so it’s giving your body another kind of step to defend itself,” Meller continued. “It’s really important for people who are immunized because they have a harder time developing a stronger, we call, stronger immune response to those initial vaccines.”
Mailer also said that a second booster could be given four months after the first booster was received.
Gunderson and Mayo will both begin giving a second booster dose next week.
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