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CDC epidemiologists conducted extensive data reviews to inform the recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on this season's updated monovalent COVID vaccines and MedPage Today captured some of the highlights regarding burden of disease in adults and children, vaccine efficacy and safety, and long COVID.

The bulk of the evidence comes from a 150-slide presentation by Megan Wallace, DrPH, MPH, a CDC epidemiologist who discussed the "evidence-to-recommendations" framework supporting ACIP's final decision. Interspersed are presentations from other epidemiologists (mostly from CDC, but also from one outside expert) that were largely concordant with Wallace's presentation.

In general, U.S. hospitalization rates for COVID are highest for people ages 75 and up, followed by infants under 6 months and adults ages 65 to 74, Wallace reported. Head over to MedPage Today to read more about it.