PEOPLE WITH ANAPHYLAXIS HISTORY SHOULD NOT TAKE PFIZER COVID SHOT

Written by on December 10, 2020

THE UK’S MEDICINE REGULATOR SAYS ANYONE WITH A HISTORY OF ANAPHYLAXIS TO A MEDICINE OR FOOD SHOULD NOT GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH VACCINE, EXPANDING ITS GUIDANCE ON AN EARLIER ALLERGY WARNING ABOUT THE SHOT, THE FIRST AGAINST COVID-19 TO HAVE SECURED APPROVAL.

THE UNITED KINGDOM THIS WEEK BECAME THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO BEGIN VACCINATIONS AGAINST COVID-19, BUT AFTER REPORTS OF THREE POSSIBLE ALLERGIC REACTIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAD THEIR SHOTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MASS VACCINATION PROGRAMME WARNED THOSE WITH A “SIGNIFICANT ALLERGIC REACTION” TO VACCINES, MEDICINES OR FOOD SHOULD NOT GET THE INOCULATION.

THE EARLIER WARNING DID NOT MENTION ANAPHYLAXIS, WHICH IS A SEVERE AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING REACTION TO A TRIGGER, USUALLY FOODS INCLUDING MILK, NUTS AND SHELLFISH, AS WELL MEDICINES LIKE ASPIRIN. OTHER TRIGGERS INCLUDE BEE STINGS AND LATEX. SYMPTOMS OF ANAPHYLAXIS INCLUDE FEELING FAINT, HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING AND A FAST HEARTBEAT. A PATIENT MAY ALSO DEVELOP A RASH. THE REACTION REQUIRES IMMEDIATE TREATMENT AND MANY PEOPLE WHO SUFFER SEVERE ALLERGIES USUALLY CARRY ADRENALINE AUTO-INJECTORS


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