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CDC Issues 2024-2025 Vaccine Guidelines for COVID-19 and Flu

The CDC has recommended that individuals aged 6 months and older receive the updated 2024-2025 COVID-19 and flu vaccines to combat severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death, during the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Both vaccines can be administered simultaneously without safety concerns.

In 2023, COVID-19 resulted in over 916,300 hospitalizations and 75,500 deaths, while flu complications led to approximately 44,900 deaths during the 2023-2024 season. The updated COVID-19 vaccines, available from Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer later this year, are advised for everyone, irrespective of previous vaccinations, to address virus variants and the risk of Long COVID.

For the flu, the CDC emphasizes vaccination in September and October, although special considerations apply in July and August for specific groups, such as pregnant women in their third trimester and children needing two doses. The 2024-2025 flu vaccines will be trivalent, covering one H1N1, one H3N2, and one B/Victoria lineage virus.

CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen highlights the importance of planning vaccinations ahead of the respiratory virus season to protect against these illnesses.


Earl L. Crawford, Jr. 1937-2024

Earl worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 30 years before going into business for himself at Crawford Tire from 1981 until 2019.

Dennis W. Flythe 1953-2024

Denny attended Greencastle Antrim High School and graduated from Delaware State University. He focused on providing for his family and creating a legacy.

Arnold W. Wagaman 1939-2024

Arnie was employed at Mack Truck as a quality control specialist until his retirement; a total of 39 years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Farm and Garden Penn State Extension

For the week of July 15, 2024 UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS: Penn State Extension is pleased to continue to provide quality education via a

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On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

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