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FDA approves COVID-19 Bivalent Booster for protection against new subvariant strains

Covid-19 booster vaccine label on a syringe
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Local health department leaders say they're fielding a lot of questions about the newest COVID-19 booster shot.

Southern 7 Public Information Officer Shawnna Rhine says they’re encouraging everyone to get the new vaccine.

“Now we're running into flu season COVID and the flu can exist simultaneously, which means you can have both at the same time, so if you're someone who has an underlying health condition or you're at severe risk for a disease, then we are encouraging you to get your flu shot and to also make sure that you are current on your boosters.”

Rhine says some people are confused about who can get the new vaccine.

She says anyone five and older is eligible - as long as it's been at least two months since your last vaccine, and three months since a COVID infection.

You can also get the bivalent booster and a flu shot at the same time.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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