Should people with allergy take the Covid vaccine? Here is what doctor says

People with allergies can take the vaccine, but it is wiser to seek the opinion of a medical practitioner in case you are allergic to food items or any medicines. Image courtesy: Studio Romantic/Shutterstock

People who have a history of various types of allergies are sceptical about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. They are worried that the jabs might trigger their allergy. However, Dr. Philip Mathew, assistant professor of community medicine at the Pushpagiri medical college dismisses such doubts. In a phone - in session organized by Malayala Manorama, Dr. Philip clarifies the doubts of the callers, about the pandemic and the vaccination.

Some patients show obvious symptoms like nausea and breathing difficulties even after testing negative. Should they still require medical attention?

Sometimes the patient might show symptoms even after testing negative. There is nothing strange about it. This condition is called the ‘long Covid scenario’. It could also happen as the patient may not have fully recovered from ill health. These symptoms might prolong for up to 2 -3 weeks. However, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment if the symptoms become worse.

Can patients with life style diseases receive the vaccine?

Yes, they can. Such patients can receive the jab if they aren’t allergic to the medicine or any components.

Can the virus transmit while exchanging notes or coins?

The virus could transmit like that, though the chances are scarce. The virus can stay on surfaces. Maintaining proper protocols is the only way to prevent such transmissions.

Can diabetic patients who are taking insulin shots and often complain of knee pain receive the vaccine?

Dr. Philip Mathew

Those who have diabetes or allergies can receive the jabs. It is better to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

What is the ideal gap between the two doses?

The second dose could be received after 6 – 8 weeks. There is nothing to worry in case you receive the second dose a little later than this. Medical journals like the Lancet have published articles on this subject. Besides, many studies too have shown that the gap between the doses could be increased.

What are the precautions that need be taken by the rest of the family (including an infant) if one of the members test positive for COVID-19 and decides to quarantine at home?

Make sure that the family members do not come in direct contact with the patient. It is better that everyone in the family wears masks. If the patient is staying in a separate bath attached room, then there is nothing to worry.

Is it safe to receive the Covid jab if you have taken anti rabies injection around a month ago?

It is safe to receive the Covid jab even if you have received any other vaccines.

Can someone with respiratory diseases and high blood pressure receive the vaccine?

Yes, they can.

What are the precautions that needed to be taken by people who are already on medication?

Those who are already on medication for other diseases can definitely take the vaccine. However, it is better to consult your doctor in case you are on medication for any serious illness.

Can people with a history of allergy receive vaccine?

People with allergy can take the vaccine. However, it is wiser to seek the opinion of a medical practitioner in case you are allergic to food items or any medicines. Minor allergies like sneezing shouldn’t stop you from receiving the vaccine. But, if you have either fallen unconscious or have been hospitalized due to severe allergic reactions, then it is better not to take the vaccine.

Note these points in case you are in home quarantine.

» Do not come into direct contact with other members in the house.

» Ensure that the patient has a separate washroom.

» Make sure to take medicines in case your doctor prescribes any.

» Keep an eye on the oxygen levels. In many cases, patients do not show symptoms even if the oxygen level drops. The symptoms might show only after the patient’s condition become critical. It could even lead to death.

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