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A 32-year-old female asked:

I have an appt to get the pfizer vaccine but i am nervous. i carry an epipen. i am allergic to bees, wasp, cipro and phenergan. am i high risk for a reaction to the vaccine? does one vaccine cause more reactions than others ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
No COVID-19 vaccine is any more likely than others to cause allergic reactions. Even with your allergic history, the actual chance of reaction to the vaccine is low. Still, you are right to be cautious and have the Epipen with you. Also you should be vaccinated in a medical facility, not a pharmacy or other site without immediate medical care available.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Most facilities will observe post-vaccination from 15-30 minutes, and even longer with history of allergic reactions.
Apr 10, 2021
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
The Pfizer vaccine is very safe with some people having side effects. I had chills, body aches, and fatigue one day after the second dose. I know one person recording the reaction from the Pfizer vaccine nationwide and she reports only minor reactions. Having multiple allergies does not exclude one from having the vaccine.
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Last updated Apr 11, 2021


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