Individuals at the highest risk of severe infection
- Severely immunocompromised individuals, including:
- Individuals receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Individuals who have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Individuals who received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Individuals who are receiving active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response such as tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
- Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as asplenia and chronic renal disease.
Individuals over 60 years of age, regardless of health status.
- Individuals with one or more chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and asthma.
- Individuals who smoke tobacco products
Receiving all vaccine doses for which they are eligible and following standard preventive measures is of the highest importance for these high-risk individuals to reduce the risk of infection and severe disease.