With fall and cooler temps ahead, the new COVID booster is essential

A woman receives a COVID-19 booster during an event on Sept. 9 hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at the Southwest Senior Center.

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Chicagoans will start feeling hints of fall weather this week when temperatures go from the mid-80s on Tuesday and dip down to the mid-60s by Thursday.

And as colder temperatures approach — to the dismay of many Chicago summer enthusiasts — more people will go from dining and meeting al fresco to staying warm indoors, increasing the chances of contracting COVID-19 and the flu.

It is imperative for Chicagoans to continue to take precautions. The best way for everyone to protect themselves, their workplaces and their social circles is to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine booster, recently approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“You are going to see that 99.9% of all of the cases of COVID right now are all these BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants,” Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Sept. 6.

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“So getting the vaccine that is a perfect match is your best chance to not only protect yourself and your family and your community long-term against severe outcomes,” Arwady said, “but also hopefully to help us get ahead of the COVID virus looking to the winter.”

About the new vaccine

The new “bivalent” vaccine is a mix of two versions of the vaccine and boosts protection against the original coronavirus strain while also protecting against the more dominant BA.4 and …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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