NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — With COVID-19 cases appearing in some parts of the U.S., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting shots this fall.

Officials acknowledged the need for immunization is not as urgent as it was a few years ago.

Most U.S. residents have some degree of immunity. COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations last month were at nearly their lowest point since the pandemic hit in 2020.

But immunity wanes, new coronavirus variants are emerging and there are hundreds of COVID-19-associated deaths and thousands of hospitalizations reported each week. Health officials have reported increases this month in COVID-19-associated emergency room visitss, and an increase in positive test results in the southwestern U.S.

As of May, less than 25% of U.S. adults and 14% of children were up-to-date on COVID shots.

CDC officials on Thursday presented recent survey information in which about 23% of respondents said they definitely will get an updated COVID-19 shot this fall, but 33% said they definitely will not.

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