State of COVID-19 in the US
- CDC Recommendation: Children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.
- CDC Recommendation: Immunocompromised people over the age of 12 and everyone over the age of 50 should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after the first.
- Over the past month, there have seen steady increases in cases in the US, with a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older people in the US.
- If your last vaccine dose or booster was in early December 2021 or before, then it’s likely you are now due for another dose.
Health Guidance for Kidney Patients
- Dialysis: Keep your appointments and do not miss any treatments. If you have complaints about the care provided at your center, contact the ESRD National Coordinating Center or call them.
- Transplant: If you have a kidney transplant, it is important to remember to keep taking your anti-rejection medicines, maintain good hygiene and follow the recommendations from your healthcare team.
- Masks: Keep wearing N95 masks, especially indoors when near other people, and continue to social distance and wash your hands often.
- Vaccinations: Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, and other recommended vaccines, including a yearly flu shot. NKF strongly recommends that ALL kidney patients follow the current CDC guidelines for immunocompromised people.
- Evusheld: A preventive treatment that has been granted emergency use authorization. Ask your doctor if preventive treatment with Evusheld is right for you. More on Evusheld.
- At home: Stock up on supplies, including paper goods, cleaners, food, and water. During an outbreak in your area, stay home as much as possible.
- Travel: The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.