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CDC adds vaccine against COVID-19 to the basic vaccination schedule for children and adolescents

CDC adds COVID-19 vaccine in basic vaccination schedule for children and adolescents

By Eli Walsh. Bay City News.

Federal health officials have formally updated the recommended immunization regimen for children and adolescents to include the COVID-19 vaccine in the basic immunization schedule along with those for diseases such as hepatitis and polio.

While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ? CDC for its acronym in English? recommended the COVID vaccine for children who are at least 6 months old since it became available for that age group, the agency officially added the vaccine to its recommended schedule that guides schools and health care providers.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices previously approved the 2023 immunization schedule in October 2022.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive at least two doses of one of the COVID mRNA vaccines and an additional booster dose.

The vaccine is also part of the CDC's recommended vaccination schedule for all adults along with an annual flu shot and vaccines against tetanus, measles, and human papillomavirus, among other diseases.

Complete recommended immunization schedules for children and adults can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules

You may be interested in: Vaccine against COVID-19 for children under 5 years of age, everything you need to know

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