Do I need a COVID booster? Will it protect against the Omicron variant?

Share

Dr. Charles Prober explains why multiple doses of COVID vaccines are needed to boost your body’s protective response, especially in light of new coronavirus variants like Omicron. *Update: Boosters are now recommended for people 16 years of age and older.

Early data from South Africa suggest that this variant has increased transmissibility and that the current vaccines need an extra boost to do their job. The more help we can offer our immune systems, the better able we will be to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and reduce the severity of any symptoms it might cause.

Watch to learn more about how vaccines and boosters work, and why they are critical in protecting us against coronavirus. Dr. Prober also answers some common questions, such as “Can I mix and match COVID vaccines?” and “Can I take ibuprofen after getting my COVID vaccine?”.

Dr. Charles Prober is the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education at Stanford University and Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Health Education. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology. He is an expert in pediatric infectious diseases with an academic career focused on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of infections in children.


Viral Facts is a regular series brought to you by the Stanford Center for Health Education and its Digital Medic initiative. We are a team of clinicians, global health researchers, and learning designers who translate complex health information into engaging learning experiences. Learn more and see references at https://digitalmedic.stanford.edu/vir….

Note: All of our content is produced using the best evidence available at the time of publishing. We will do our best to update content as information evolves, but please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-…

Do you have questions about COVID-19 that you’d like answered in a future episode? Reach out to us through Twitter, Facebook, or our website:

Digital Medic:

Website: https://digitalmedic.stanford.edu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/digital__medic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digitalmedic…

Stanford Center for Health Education:

Website: https://healtheducation.stanford.edu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stanford_CHE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StanfordCent…