Flu Shots and Multiple Sclerosis: Should You Vaccinate or Not?

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Flu Shots and Multiple Sclerosis: Should You Vaccinate or Not?

What medications should be avoided before the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is not recommended you take over-the-counter medicine such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent vaccine-related side effects.

What are some exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Some people may be at risk for an adverse reaction because of an allergy to one of the vaccine components or a medical condition. This is referred to as a medical exemption. Some people may decline vaccination because of a sincerely held religious belief. This is referred to as a religious exemption.

What are the contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine?

Contraindications to COVID-19 vaccination include: Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a component of the COVID-19 vaccine. Known diagnosed allergy to a component of the COVID-19 vaccine (see Appendix C for a list of vaccine components).

What are some medications that are safe to take with the COVID-19 vaccine?

Taking one of the following medications is not, on its own, a reason to avoid getting your COVID-19 vaccination:

Over-the-counter medications (non-prescription)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (naproxen, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)
Acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.)

Can taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) before the COVID-19 vaccine reduce its effectiveness?

Because taking over-the-counter painkillers before getting vaccinated may reduce the responsiveness of your immune system and therefore weaken the effectiveness of the vaccine, the CDC does not recommend taking Tylenol or ibuprofen before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who should not take the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (such as polyethylene glycol), you should not get this vaccine. If you had a severe allergic reaction after getting a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get another dose of an mRNA vaccine.

Can you get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have an allergic reaction?

If you have had an immediate allergic reaction (a reaction that started within 4 hours) to any vaccine other than a COVID-19 vaccine or any injectable therapy, you may still be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, your doctor may refer you to an allergy and immunology specialist for additional care or advice.

Should you get the Covid vaccine if you have an autoimmune disease?

The American College of Rheumatology COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance recommends that people with autoimmune and inflammatory rheumatic disease (which includes lupus) get the vaccine unless they have an allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying condition?

People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have chronic liver disease?

Patients with chronic liver disease can receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them. Although the immunogenicity of vaccines has not been fully described in this population, vaccination has been associated with lower risk of COVID-19 in patients with cirrhosis.

Can you get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are on antibiotics?

Yes, although you might want to wait a few days. If you’re taking antibiotics for an illness and you’re scheduled to get a vaccine, you can still get it.

Are people with autoimmune diseases considered high risk for COVID-19?

Researchers have reported higher rates of severe COVID-19 and death in people with autoimmune disease than in the general population. It is unclear whether this is attributable to the autoimmune disease, the immunosuppressive medications taken to treat it, or both.

Can taking immunosuppressants increase my chances of getting COVID-19?

And medicines called immunosuppressants may make you more likely to have serious complications from the virus, as can your autoimmune disorder itself

Does having a weakened immune system increase your risk of severe COVID-19?

Being immunocompromised can make you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. Many conditions and treatments can cause a person to be immunocompromised or have a weakened immune system. For example, some people inherit problems with their immune system. One example is called Primary immunodeficiency.

Do I need to discontinue my medications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

For most people, it is not recommended to avoid, discontinue, or delay medications that you are routinely taking for prevention or treatment of other medical conditions around the time of COVID-19 vaccination.

Is it safe to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen before a COVID-19 vaccine?

Because of the lack of high-quality studies on taking NSAIDs or Tylenol before getting a vaccine, the CDC and other similar health organizations recommend not taking Advil or Tylenol beforehand.

Should I take an antihistamine before the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is also not recommended to take antihistamines before getting a COVID-19 vaccine to try to prevent allergic reactions.

What happens if you take Tylenol before the COVID-19 vaccine?

Studies have shown that Tylenol (acetaminophen) and NSAIDs might have some effect on how the immune system works, but we don’t know if this would cause COVID-19 vaccines to be less effective. To be extra cautious, it’s best to avoid taking OTC pain relievers before you get your shot.

Is taking aspirin before the COVID-19 vaccination a reason to avoid getting your shot?

Taking one of the following medications is not, on its own, a reason to avoid getting your COVID-19 vaccination: Over-the-counter medications (non-prescription) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (naproxen, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)

Why should you try not take painkillers after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

Experiencing mild fever, chills, headache, or fatigue from the COVID-19 vaccine means that your immune system is kicking in the way it’s supposed to, according to experts. They advise trying to avoid painkillers in order to ensure the strongest possible immune response.

What are the common side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Side effects typically started within two days of vaccination and resolved 1-2 day later.

What are the chances of getting serious side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Allergic reaction or anaphylaxis was reported in 0.3% of participants after partial vaccination and 0.2% of participants after full vaccination. Meaning These findings suggest that some individuals experience more adverse effects after COVID-19 vaccination, but serious adverse effects are rare.

Can high blood pressure be a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine?

So far, no data suggests that COVID-19 vaccines cause an increase in blood pressure.

Can I still get a COVID-19 vaccination if I had an immediate allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine in the US?

If you have had an immediate allergic reaction (a reaction that started within 4 hours) to any vaccine other than a COVID-19 vaccine or any injectable therapy, you may still be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, your doctor may refer you to an allergy and immunology specialist for additional care or advice.

Can you get the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if you are allergic to the ingredient in the vaccine?

If you are allergic to an ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine
If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reactioneven if it was not severeto any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).

What are the severe allergic reactions to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines?

Overall, severe allergic reactions to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, including life-threatening anaphylaxis reactions such as low blood pressure and difficulty breathing, are rare, on the order of five cases per million vaccine doses administered, noted Dr. Guerrerio.

Are you at risk of experiencing an autoimmune disease flare-up from COVID-19 vaccine?

There is a risk that flare-ups may occur. That being said, it has been observed that people living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions are at higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms from a COVID-19 infection.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you’re more likely to get certain infections. That means you may have a higher chance of getting COVID-19. If you do get sick, your symptoms could be more serious than someone who doesn’t have RA.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause heart inflammation?

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to put young men at elevated risk of developing a heart muscle inflammation called myocarditis, researchers in Israel say.

Does having multiple medical conditions increase the risk of a severe illness from COVID-19?

Certain underlying medical conditions increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness in adults. Having multiple conditions also increased risk. Obesity, diabetes with complications, and anxiety and fear-related disorders had the strongest association with death. The risk associated with a condition increased with age.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised patients?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with a number of professional societies, endorse SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for the immunocompromised population. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines also recommend a third dose of an mRNA vaccine for severely immunocompromised patients.

What are the contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine?

Contraindications to COVID-19 vaccination include: Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a component of the COVID-19 vaccine. Known diagnosed allergy to a component of the COVID-19 vaccine (see Appendix C for a list of vaccine components).