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CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster for Children Aged 5 and Up

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The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention () on Thursday endorsed an advisory panel’s decision to expand the eligibility of Pfizer booster shots to aged 5 to 11.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky made the call after a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to advise the CDC to recommend the booster. Walensky said children in this age group were otherwise at risk of severe disease.

Children five through 11 should receive a booster dose at least five months after their primary series. Vaccination with a primary series among this age group has lagged behind other age groups leaving them vulnerable to serious illness,” she said in a release.

The protection the first two doses, or the primary series, provide has been shown to wane over time. The effect of boosters, particularly against infection, quickly wanes, studies show.

Walensky encouraged parents to keep their kids up

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