We wish to share this update with our patients and followers. This is an official release from the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Updated on January 25, 2021 Read time 1 minute
In the interest of the public good, we welcome and support the release of COVID-19 vaccines. We continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for guidance regarding who should receive a COVID-19 vaccine and promote monitoring of all vaccinated individuals. Additionally, we will continue to offer education and guidance to clinicians about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines through upcoming webinars and courses. Continued diligence with regard to well-established public health measures including masking, physical distancing and hand washing is also advised.
The functional medicine approach, focusing on lifestyle and personalized nutrition, provides support both to those considered good candidates for the vaccine by the CDC (especially those who may have to wait for the vaccine) and those who are considered poor candidates. This approach strengthens the immune system, addresses complex chronic diseases that confer increased risk, decreases the potential severity of SARS CoV-2 infection, and improves overall health.
We are closely monitoring the research, development, and experience with COVID-19 vaccines. We will offer further education and guidance as we learn more over the ensuing months. In the meantime, The Institute for Functional Medicine supports and directs individuals and clinicians to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for up-to-date information, recommendations and guidelines.