Vaccines against the infection caused by the new coronavirus are the only hope to recover our lives. Yet many people are still reluctant to do so. These include many people with allergies who are afraid they will have a severe allergic reaction..
If you belong to this category you may be thinking about not getting the vaccine. However, the competent scientific organizations emphasize that minimal allergies are a contraindication for the vaccine..
As the allergist Dr. David M. Lang, President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, rates of severe allergy after vaccination for new coronavirus are very rare.
How common are severe allergies?
According to the latest data for the US, to the former 17,5 millions of coronavirus vaccines, were reported 66 cases of severe allergy (anaphylaxis). The median age of the patients was 40 years (ranged from 24 to 63 years).
From these people, the 14 they had no known allergy. From the 52 patients with a known allergy, the 21 have had an anaphylactic reaction in the past. With or without a known allergy, most patients (the 75%) presented anaphylaxis at first 15 minutes from the vaccine. Everyone received first aid on the spot, but 32 needed short hospital stay. But all of them soon recovered and returned home.
In our country, from the first 1 millions of people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus, the 6 showed a severe allergy. In all cases it was treated successfully.
«Although the risk of a severe allergic reaction is real, is too small», emphasizes Dr.. Lang. «In addition, is more at risk if someone is seriously ill with the coronavirus, unless he has an anaphylactic reaction».
When to avoid the vaccine
However, Some people should not get the vaccine against the infection caused by the new coronavirus. They are:
- Those who are allergic to any of its ingredients
- Those who have anaphylaxis in the first dose
Vaccines contain many ingredients. But what is thought to cause allergic reactions is polyethylene glycol or polyethylene glycol (PEG). This ingredient is also found in some other medicines, says Dr.. Lang. If one does not have a known allergy to this ingredient, it is estimated that the vaccine can do.
Which people with allergies can get the vaccine
Experts say there is no increased risk of an allergic reaction to the vaccine for coronavirus infection in people who are allergic to:
- Inhalable allergens
Those with a history of rash (even in another vaccine or injectable or non-injectable drug) can be vaccinated, says Dr.. Lang. All people with allergies, Nevertheless, they must inform the vaccination center about it and its severity. They should also remain proactive in the center for at least 30 minutes after vaccination.
In each case, Nevertheless, Every person with an allergy should decide with their doctor whether or not to get the vaccine. The physician is responsible for informing him of the potential benefits and risks specific to his case..