Should You Get the Updated COVID-19 Vaccine? See CDC’s Current Guidelines.

Should You Get the Updated COVID-19 Vaccine? See CDC’s Current Guidelines.

With COVID-19 cases rising and a new variant of the disease emerging this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending updated vaccines ahead of the fall and winter virus season.

“Make a plan now for you and your family to get both the flu and COVID vaccines this fall, before the respiratory virus season begins,” CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen said in a statement Thursday.

The CDC is tracking the growth of multiple variants of COVID-19, including the frontrunner KP.3 and the emerging variant LB.1, the latest variant circulating in the US. According to data collected by the agency, there was a 1.4% increase in positive tests through June 22.

Here’s what you need to know about the state of COVID-19 in the US and the latest vaccine guidelines from the CDC.

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Should You Get the Updated COVID-19 Vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older, with some exceptions, receive an updated 2024-2025 COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the disease, regardless of whether you have been previously vaccinated against the virus.

Should you get vaccinated against the flu?

The agency also recommends updated flu vaccines for 2024-2025.

Most people only need one dose of flu vaccine each season, and September and October remain the best times for most people to get vaccinated.

Can you get the COVID vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time?

According to the CDC, it is safe to get both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine during the same visit.

What are the current COVID variants?

For a two-week period beginning June 9 and ending June 22, the CDC’s Nowcast data tracker showed projections of COVID-19 variants, with the KP.3 variant accounting for 33.1% of positive infections, the KP.2 variant for 20.8% and the new variant LB.1 for 17.5% of infections.

According to the data, the JN.1 variant accounted for only 1.6% of positive infections.

What is the LB.1 variant?

The LB.1 variant is the latest COVID-19 variant circulating in the United States.

With the information currently available to the CDC, there is no evidence that the LB.1 variant poses a serious risk.

“There is currently no evidence that LB.1 causes more severe disease,” CDC spokesman Dave Daigle previously told USA TODAY.

What are the current symptoms of COVID-19?

There are a wide range of symptoms that can indicate a COVID-19 infection and can occur 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include:

The CDC said you should seek medical care if you have the following symptoms:

  • Problems breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake up or stay awake

  • Pale, gray or blue colored skin, lips or nail beds

How do COVID and flu symptoms compare?

The flu and COVID-19 share some of the same symptoms, but flu symptoms come on suddenly, the CDC says. People who have the flu often feel some or all of the following symptoms:

Some people may experience vomiting or diarrhea, although the CDC says this is more common in children than adults.

What is the CDC recommended isolation period for COVID-19?

The CDC’s updated guidelines for the respiratory virus recommend that people stay home and away from others until at least 24 hours after a fever has stopped and their symptoms are generally improving. This is a change from previous guidelines, which recommended a minimum isolation period of five days for COVID-19.

Instead, the CDC recommends taking extra precautions and using prevention strategies for the next five days, including:

  • Take steps for cleaner air

  • Improving hygiene practices

  • Wearing a well-fitting mask

  • Keep your distance from others

  • Get tested for respiratory viruses

Contribution: Ahjané Forbes, USA TODAY.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID 2024: Current guidance on vaccines, symptoms, isolation period