November 19, 2022

Battle to Protect Those Who Need Extra Vaccine Doses

Third doses are extra immunizations that are given to people who have not been vaccinated in the past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these shots for adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and children between 6 months old to 2 years old. President Obama has recently proposed a plan that would give 3rd vaccine doses to all Americans ages 64-65 due to the higher risks they face when it comes to contracting serious illness.

Many adults don’t get the recommended immunizations they need to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Adults 65 and older account for 50% of all influenza (flu) hospitalizations and 90% of all pneumonia and flu deaths. By vaccinating this group, we can help protect them from serious illness and death.

Many health care providers routinely give an adult a 3rd vaccination dose to ensure they are protected. Some providers may choose not to give the vaccine unless you specifically ask for it. If your provider doesn’t offer this vaccine, talk to them about getting vaccinated.

No, you do not have to get a 3rd dose of vaccine. However, if you are 65 or older and feel that you could benefit from an extra immunization, talk to your health care provider about getting another shot. It’s especially important for pregnant women to get their annual flu shot. Only 36% of pregnant women get the flu vaccine before the start of flu season each year, according to a recent CDC study. Getting this vital vaccine not only helps provide protection for mothers-to-be, it also protects their developing babies from serious complications before and after birth.

TOPSHOT – This picture taken on November 17, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19”. – According to the World Health Organization, some 42 “candidate vaccines” against the novel coronavirus Covid-19 are undergoing clinical trials on November 17, 2020. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

Your health care provider may recommend that you get a 3rd dose of the flu shot if you are 65 or older. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated in the past, it’s not too late to protect yourself and your family this year. The flu is unpredictable and can lead to serious complications like pneumonia or even death. Getting vaccinated yearly is the best way to keep you and your loved ones healthy during flu season.

As with any vaccine, there are very rare side effects that may occur. You should always talk to your health care provider if you have concerns about any reactions.

The more people who get their recommended immunizations, the more we can reduce vaccine-preventable diseases and related deaths in the United States.

President Obama has recently proposed a plan that would give 3rd vaccine doses to all Americans ages 64-65 due to the higher risks they face when it comes to contracting serious illness. Adults 65 and older account for 50% of all influenza (flu) hospitalizations and 90% of all pneumonia and flu deaths. By vaccinating this group, we can help protect them from serious illness and death.

No, you do not have to get a 3rd dose of vaccine. However, if you are 65 or older and feel that you could benefit from an extra immunization, talk to your health care provider about getting another shot. It’s especially important for pregnant women to get their annual flu shot. Only 36% of pregnant women get the flu vaccine before the start of flu season each year, according to a recent CDC study. Getting this vital vaccine not only helps provide protection for mothers-to-be, it also protects their developing babies from serious complications before and after birth.