Why people over age 50 should get an updated COVID-19 booster before the holidays

Older man getting a vaccine on left arm

As we get ready for our third winter holiday season with COVID-19, we’re tired of hearing about the pandemic. We would much rather focus on the truly important things in our lives—gathering with loved ones, taking time to relax and recharge, and thinking about all the things we want to make happen in the new year.

But getting sick can put a stop to those plans, and gathering indoors during the cold winter months helps COVID-19—along with RSV and flu—to spread more easily. COVID-19 continues to spread and evolve across King County and in the world around us. And if you or a loved one is over age 50, the chance of having severe disease and needing to visit the hospital is much higher.

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Ask Miss Rona: Updated COVID-19 boosters

Ask Miss Rona is a Q&A series on Public Health’s Instagram account to respond to community questions related to different topic areas of COVID-19. Questions about COVID-19 vaccines for babies and young children were submitted last week by King County residents and answered by subject matter experts at Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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Video & transcript: COVID-19 media briefing

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a media briefing on October 13, 2022, to share information and take questions about COVID-19, updated boosters for adults and children, and the local monkeypox outbreak.

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What’s the deal with boosters (and why it’s a good time for a boost)

Three female friends holding up their vaccination cards and smiling.

Booster shots prevent the most serious health threats from COVID: long-lasting symptoms, hospitalization, and death. But many people in King County who are eligible haven’t gotten their booster shot yet. If that includes you, we’ve pulled together answers to common questions about booster shots that explain why it’s so worth doing.

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