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How do doctors decide which patients need a COVID-19 booster shot?

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August 13, 2021

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Balazs Halmos, M.D.

Doctors will need to follow FDA and CDC guidance and then discuss with their patients the pros and cons of booster vaccinations dependent on each patient’s overall risk/benefit assessment as to their underlying disease and ongoing therapy with regards to immune suppression. Booster shots will likely be an excellent suggestion for a patient following an organ transplant who is on chronic immune suppression, but it is less clear if booster shots are helpful for a patient with a remote history of cancer without any ongoing therapy that could lead to immune suppression.

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