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RI health officials call for COVID booster and flu shot before winter

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SUPPLY – With the emergence of the latest COVID-19 variants, some scientists and public health officials are concerned about the possibility of a new wave of infections as the Halloween holiday season kicks off and the approach of winter finds more people indoors.

“Although predicting the future is not simple, the stars are lining up for a possible winter COVID surge in the United States,” Brown University epidemiologist Mark Lurie told The Journal. “Immunity is weakening for people infected during the Omicron wave, and vaccination rates are vast. … The emergence of new variants is of particular concern.

“Additionally, cases are increasing in parts of Europe, which is generally a precursor for the US, and we no longer systematically measure new cases and we have a recipe for a potential winter wave.”