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Health officials calling COVID-19 booster shots a part of vaccine lifecycle

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Health officials calling COVID-19 booster shots a part of vaccine lifecycle

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Last week the FDA authorized booster shots for anyone 18 and older. A clinical trial showed booster doses from Moderna and Pfizer improved the immune protection against COVID-19 back to original levels.

Health officials say booster shots are not only reinforcing protection for those already vaccinated, but keeping the unvaccinated safe by stopping new variants from developing and spreading. 

An expert with UW-Health said as the holiday season draws closer, there is a greater need for people to get their booster shots.

"We all want to have happy holidays," Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist with UW-Health Dr. Jim Conway said. "I think the happiest holiday you can have is not worrying about who is sitting next to you at the dinner table, or who is across from you at the dinner table, and being able to hug your relatives. Boosters and consistent vaccination are our path to really having happy holidays."

Dr. Conway said using booster shots does not mean the original vaccine didn't work and that boosters are a normal part of vaccine development.

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