The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines stating that people with pre-existing conditions can still receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
However, the guideline warns that ‘adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for serious diseases due to the virus that causes COVID-19.’
The CDC says the vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions, provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredients in the vaccine.”
The CDC provides guidelines for people with a weakened immune system, autoimmune conditions and for people with Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell’s palsy.
‘People with HIV and those with a weakened immune system due to other diseases or medications may be at increased risk for severe COVID-19. They may receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, they should be aware of the limited safety data:
- Information on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for people with immune systems in this group is not yet available.
- People living with HIV have been included in clinical trials, although safety data specific to this group are not yet available.
“People with weakened immune systems should also be aware of the possibility of reduced immune responses to the vaccine, as well as the need to continue with current guidelines to protect themselves against COVID-19,” the CDC wrote in the guideline, posted on his website on Saturday.
For people with autoimmune conditions, ‘they should note that there are currently no data available on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals from this group were eligible for clinical trials. ”
People who have previously had Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) can also take the COVID-19 vaccine. “To date, no cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) have been reported after vaccination among participants in the clinical trials for mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.”
Meanwhile, the CDC says that although cases of Bell’s palsy have been reported in participants in the clinical trials with COVID-19, the FDA does not consider it to be above the rate expected in the general population. They did not conclude that these cases were caused by vaccination. ”
On December 20, the CDC issued new guidelines following reports of ‘severe allergic reactions’ to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
“The CDC has learned that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions – also known as anaphylaxis – after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine,” the agency wrote on its website. ” For example, an allergic reaction is considered serious if someone has to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen or if he has to go to the hospital. ‘
‘If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that you do not receive the specific vaccine. If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable treatments, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe to be vaccinated, ‘the CDC wrote.
The CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable drugs – such as allergies to food, pet, poison, environment or latex – still be vaccinated. People with a history of allergies to oral medicine or a family history of severe allergic reactions, or who may have a mild allergy to vaccines (no anaphylaxis) – may also still be vaccinated. “
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