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A 41-year-old member asked:

how safe is the covid-19 vaccine for someone with a weak immune system?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19 vaccine: In general, if one has a weak immune system it would probably be safer to take the vaccine & to be protected. Any contraindications (reasons you should not be vaccinated) will be published by the drug companies.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
A live vaccine could present a problem
Dec 11, 2020
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 36 years experience
NONE of the ones under development are live virus vaccines, so no worry about that with any of the Covid vaccines currently in development!
Dec 12, 2020
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Vaccine: The vaccine cannot cause COVID, it only codes for a surface protein (spike). There is a lot of concern for people taking immune suppressing drugs or primary immune diseases. Some considerations are the risk of acquiring COVID disease versus the risk of the vaccine. Right now, the experience with this vaccine is being accrued, including safety and efficacy for people with immune conditions.
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
No one knows: The COVID vaccine clinical trials did not include people who were immunocompromised (had a weak immune system). So we do not know how these people react to the vaccine. Most likely the vaccine is safe in these people, but may not be as effective as it is in the clinical trial group.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Take vaccine: The vaccine is not live virus and does not pose any risk of causing an illness. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

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Last updated Dec 14, 2020

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