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Can People With Asthma Get The Covid Vaccine

Is It Safe For Tb Patients To Get Covid

“The vaccines do not contain active virus or any other organism that will cause disease or worsen health conditions. Moreover, vaccines do not change the genetic makeup of a person,” said Dr Pradeep Mahajan.

But misinformation can be dangerous and therefore, it is important to consult healthcare professionals to get any doubts clarified. While waiting for their turn to be vaccinated, TB patients should follow all recommended precautions of social distancing, isolation , wearing a mask, maintaining hygiene, etc – he added.

It is always better to be safe when possible than be sorry at a later stage!

How Have The Vaccines Been Developed So Quickly

The speed at which the vaccines have been developed is a credit to the scientists and vaccine trial volunteers who helped develop them. It is not something to be concerned about. The approved coronavirus vaccines have had three stages of clinical trials and have been tested on tens of thousands of people across the world. There are extensive checks required at every stage of the development of any vaccine, and this is no different for a coronavirus vaccine. No stages in the development process have been bypassed.

The vaccines were developed so quickly because the National Institute for Health Research made it their top priority. This meant that plans could be made for trials without having to wait for investment. Additionally, companies made decisions to begin large scale production of the vaccines while they were still being trialled. This has meant that if the vaccine is approved to be safe and effective, the company would quickly be ready to start distribution.

Time was also saved by running trials in parallel with one another. All vaccines are tested through three phases of clinical trials, to ensure they meet the gold standard. In an effort to find a safe and effective vaccine as quickly as possible, the trials were run in parallel once safety had been established. This sped up the overall time of vaccine production, but not the crucial research time.

What Do I Do If You Have Side Effects To The Covid

If you have a history of severe allergic reactions , you may be monitored up to 30 minutes after the shot. That way, if you have an immediate reaction to the vaccine, you will receive medical help. After you go home, you may experience some of the side effects mentioned above.

For everyone else, you will be monitored for 15 minutes after the shot.

The CDC is asking people to help report any side effects to the COVID-19 vaccines. is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell the CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from the CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. The information on how to register for v-safe can be found on the vaccination record card you receive when you get the shot. If you cannot find your card, please contact your health care provider.

Are People With Asthma More Susceptible To Severe Covid

As of now, we dont have any evidence of increased disease severity for people with asthma.

However, COVID-19 does affect the lungs, and so does asthma. So, if a person has uncontrolled asthma, they may have more severe COVID-19 symptoms. Uncontrolled asthma means there are signs of inflammation in the lungs and airways are already compromised.

A new published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine provides very strong evidence that the risk of severe, fatal COVID-19 in people with asthma is similar to that of the general population.

But thats only the case as long as the asthma is well controlled. So, the message to people with asthma is that its important to manage your well asthma during this time.

As Someone With Asthma Is There Anything Special I Need To Do Before I Come In For My Appointment

We ask that you follow standard COVID-19 safety procedures. When you enter the building, be sure to wear your mask, stop for your temperature check, look for the signage in the elevator as to how many people can enter, and wash your hands when you enter the doctors office.

If you are having new or worsening respiratory symptoms before your appointment, please contact our clinic staff to ensure it is safe for you to come in. We are still offering phone and virtual appointments, and that maybe the best way to serve you in certain situations. Needless to say, if you can safely attribute your respiratory symptoms to your asthma, it is ok for you to come in.

Can Face Masks Affect Asthma

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology , there is no evidence that wearing a face mask can affect or worsen your asthma. While wearing a mask may take time to adjust to, it is an effective way of preventing COVID-19, which is especially important for children and teens with asthma. If your child still struggles with wearing a face mask, check out these tips to help children adjust to wearing a mask.

There have been a couple of ways in which COVID-19 precautions such as wearing face masks have potentially helped people with asthma, such as:

  • Reducing exposure to asthma triggers. Consistent mask-wearing may decrease a child’s exposure to airborne pollens, which could be an asthma trigger. For masks to be as effective as possible, they should be washed regularly. Learn tips to help keep face masks clean.
  • Reducing the spread of flu and cold viruses. “While the pandemic has been filled with challenges and risks, one unexpected outcome is that, in some ways, it has potentially reduced asthma flareups or attacks,” explains Lemley. “This could be due to certain precautions being taken, such as wearing face masks and hand washing. These actions mean that certain viral infections such as flu and RSV were pretty much non-existent this year and typically, these infections trigger asthma symptoms and flare-ups.”

What If I Have Asthma

Only severe asthma counts. If you have mild or moderate asthma, you do not qualify under Phase 1b. The rate of severe asthma in Australia is under 4%, so most people who have asthma do not have severe asthma and so the vast majority dont qualify under 1b.

If you take a high dose preventer every day and still need to use your reliever puffer more than twice a week, then that is counted as .

It may also be counted as severe if you cannot reduce your preventer dose without having an asthma attack even if you currently have the right mix of medications to keep your asthma under control.

If you have other chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis or interstitial lung disease, then you are eligible for a vaccine under Phase 1b.

Do I Have To Wear A Face Covering If I Have Asthma

Most people with asthma, even if its severe, can manage to wear a face mask for a short period of time, and shouldn’t worry if they need to wear one. Wearing a mask does not reduce a persons oxygen supply or cause a build-up of carbon dioxide. You may have read stories that say that it can, but this isnt true.

Face coverings can make breathing feel uncomfortable. This is mostly because they trap heat. In cooler weather and in places with air conditioning, wearing a face covering might feel easier.

There isnt a blanket rule about face covering exemptions for everyone with asthma. But if you find it impossible to wear a face covering for health reasons, you dont have to wear one. An example of this might be if a mask makes you too breathless.

If youre worried about wearing a face covering, you might find it useful to read these tips from Bupa on

Tips For Wearing A Face Mask With Asthma

The Public Health Agency of Canada currently recommends that Canadians wear non-medical face masks while in public spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained such as on public transit, or at the grocery store.

Be sure to check your provincial or territorial authority for up-to-date guidance.

Wearing a face mask is NOT a substitute for physical distancing or frequent handwashing. Wearing a non-medical face mask is an extra measure that can be taken to protect those around you. When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask can reduce the spread of their own infectious respiratory droplets.

Make sure you wear your mask properly. It should cover both your nose and mouth. If your mask gets soiled or wet, be sure to wash and dry it before wearing it again. You can read information about appropriate use of non-medical masks, and how to properly place, remove and clean a non-medical mask from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The vast majority of people with asthma can wear a non-medical mask safely. If you are unable to wear a non-medical mask without experiencing breathing issues, do not wear a mask. Instead, make sure you are practicing physical distancing by maintaining a 2-metre distance. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to go over your Asthma Action Plan and review your asthma symptoms and control. Your healthcare provider may suggest or ask you to consider other options to protect yourself.

 

I Have Asthma Is It Safe To Get The Vaccine

People with asthma, including people with severe asthma,should feel confident about accessing these vaccinesalongside other Australians andsome maybeconsidered a priority for the early phases of the rollout. It is important to have these discussions with your treating health professional, so together you candetermineyour options based on yourindividual circumstances. 

Use Caution If You Are Allergic To This Ingredient

If you are allergic to polyethylene glycol or polysorbate, pay attention: “PEG and polysorbate are closely related to each other. PEG is an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines, and polysorbate is an ingredient in the J&J/Janssen vaccine. If you are allergic to PEG, you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should not get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.”

But Isnt There A Chance I Could Get Covid

You cant get COVID-19 from any of the vaccines. None of the vaccines authorized by the FDA contain the live coronavirus nor do they contain a weakened or dead version of the coronavirus. The vaccines have no coronavirus to pass on to you.

The Adult Pulmonary Asthma Program operates out of:

  • VCU Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center 4, 417 N. 11th Street, Richmond, Va., 828-2161
  • VCU Health Stony Point Clinic, 9000 Stony Point Pkwy, Richmond, Va., Phone:804-237-6644).

If you feel you need to be evaluated for your asthma, please call the above numbers per your preferred location.

People Who Should First Consult With Their Doctor Before Getting Either Of The Pfizer/biontech Or Moderna Vaccines

  • Anyone with a history of anaphylaxis or non-severe immediate allergic reactions to other vaccines

Discuss risks of vaccine and whether to wait to receive the vaccine. If its decided you can receive the vaccine, you must undergo a 30-minute observation period after receiving it to ensure theres no allergic reaction.

What Is Known About The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine And Allergic Reactions

In Johnson & Johnsons press release announcing FDA approval of its COVID-19 vaccine, it states:

There is a remote chance the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination.

Johnson & Johnson says you should not get its COVID-19 vaccine if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in its vaccine.

Prior to vaccination, be sure to tell the vaccine provider if you have any allergies. You should also tell the vaccine provider if youre immunocompromised or youre on a medicine that affects your immune system.

Aafa: What Do People With Allergies Need To Know About Vaccine Ingredients And Allergic Reactions

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Dr. Matthew Greenhawt: The main ingredient I think people are suspicious of is something called polyethylene glycol or PEG. We eat this. It is in a decent amount of food. Orally this doesnt really cause problems, but injecting it was the one thing that came up and people zeroed in on that.

We have absolutely no causative data. We have absolutely nothing that says this did or didnt cause it. I dont see this as a risk for somebody with food allergy. This could be a general risk for reasons we dont know and that will emerge. Theres no egg. Theres no peanut.

There are a lot of reasons why people can have a reaction to a vaccine. Some of it can be non-allergic. Just because you had an adverse reaction, thats the larger umbrella, and allergy is a specific type of an adverse reaction. It happens through a very specific pathway.

Note: This is just an excerpt from the video. Watch the full video clip for the entire answer.

About our experts

  • Mitchell H. Grayson, MD, Director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology and Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Childrens Hospital and The Ohio State University, Chair of the Medical Scientific Council, and board member for AAFA
  • Matthew Greenhawt, MD, Director of the Food Challenge and Research Unit at Childrens Hospital Colorado
  • David R. Stukus, MD, Director of the Complex Asthma Clinic and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Ohio

How Will I Know When I Can Get My Vaccine

You might be contacted by your GP surgery, a hospital or care home if you work there, or through vaccination hubs, which are being set up around the country. You will only be contacted to attend a vaccination by the NHS.

The NHS will not ask for your bank account or card details, or your PIN or online banking passwords. The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to give you the vaccine.

For more information on understanding coronavirus vaccine scams, take a look at the Action Fraud website.

Is It Harder To Treat People With Asthma If They Get Covid

Potentially. As with COVID-19, the severity of asthma range from mild to severe. The combination of severe COVID-19 illness with a severe asthma flare up, for example, can be challenging to treat and often results in hospitalizations even the need for ICU-level care.

Fortunately, as of now, there is no evidence to support that patients with asthma are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus, nor is there is evidence to support that COVID-19 increases the risk of hospitalization, severity or mortality due to asthma.

If I Feel Ill On The Day Of My Vaccine What Should I Do

If you have a minor illness without fever, you should still go to your vaccine appointment. If you feel very unwell, your vaccine might be postponed until youve recovered. 

If you feel unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, do not attend your appointment. You should self-isolate and book a test. You should contact the vaccine centre where you were due to get your vaccine to let them know.

Frontline Social Care Workers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re a social care worker who provides face-to-face care or support to children or adults at higher risk from COVID-19.

For example:

  • you are a registered professional in social care
  • you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
  • you provide personal care for people in their homes

You are not currently eligible if you care for children who are not at high risk from COVID-19 , for example as a childminder or nursery nurse.

You can book your appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, or contact your employer about getting vaccinated.

When Can I Get The Booster Vaccine

The JCVI has provisionally advised that booster vaccines should be offered from September to people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 ahead of the winter months. They have advised the booster vaccine should be offered in two stages:

Stage 1 these people to be offered the booster COVID-19 and a flu vaccine from September:

  • Everyone over 70
  • People living in residential care homes
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable adults
  • Frontline health and social care workers

Stage 2 – these people to be offered a booster COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and practical after stage 1 :

  • Everyone over 50
  • Adults aged 16 49 who are at-risk from coronavirus
  • Adults aged 16 49 who are offered a free flu vaccine each year
  • Household contacts of immunosuppressed adults.

The final advice from the JCVI will be released before September and will take into account the latest scientific evidence. It will then need to be made official. The final decision could change as further data is analysed

Does Having The Vaccine Stop Me From Giving The Virus To Other People

Data has now shown that being vaccinated prevents you from passing on the virus to others, if you were to catch COVID-19 after having the vaccine. Its thought that having one dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine cuts transmission rates by as much as half.

While this is encouraging news, its important that even after being vaccinated you continue to do what you can to prevent yourself from getting the virus. This includes following the social distancing guidance for where you live, wearing a face covering and continuing to regularly wash your hands.

Reducing Your Risk Of Catching And Spreading Covid

There are lots of ways you can reduce the risk of catching and spreading the coronavirus, including:

  • following the government guidance for where you live or work
  • meeting outside where possible, or keeping inside well ventilated
  • getting and encouraging friends and family to do the same
  • getting a PCR test if you develop symptoms
  • self-testing regularly with a lateral flow test if you dont have symptoms
  • self-isolating if you get positive test results
  • washing your hands often, using soap and warm water, or hand sanitiser
  • wearing a face covering to help protect others.

Stop smoking

Coronavirus is a respiratory infection. If you smoke, you have an increased risk of contracting a respiratory infection and of having worse symptoms. This means that if you catch coronavirus, your symptoms may be worse than those of a non-smoker. Smokers also touch their mouth and face more, which increases the risk of transmitting the virus from hand to mouth.

Its important that if you smoke, you stop as soon as possible. As well as lowering your risk from coronavirus, your breathing becomes easier within days of stopping smoking.

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Wear a face mask or face covering

We strongly encourage that everyone who can continues to wear a face covering in enclosed or crowded spaces.

We have more information and advice on wearing a face covering if you have asthma, including an exemption card if you can’t wear one.

Find the guidance for your area

What Are The Recommendations For Covid

People who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should get the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant people are at a higher risk for severe COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people.1 Recent pregnancy may also raise a persons risk for developing severe COVID-19. If you get COVID-19 while pregnant, you are at increased risk for preterm birth and other poor pregnancy outcomes.2

How Can I Keep My Child With Asthma Healthy During Covid

When not controlled, asthma can be a serious condition. Managing your child’s asthma is always important, including during the pandemic. To keep your child healthy, it’s important to take steps to keep their asthma controlled:

  • Follow your asthma action plan. Make sure you are familiar with and following your child’s asthma action plan, which is a personalized written plan developed with your child’s health care provider to help you manage your child’s asthma. “Maintaining asthma control is very important with COVID-19 and every child with asthma should have a personalized asthma action plan,” says Lemley.
  • Reduce exposure to asthma triggers. Know your child’s asthma triggers and help manage the environment so you can reduce their exposure to them. Common asthma triggers include mold spores, changing weather conditions or air quality, cold air, dust mites, exercise, pollen, smoke, stress or viral infections.
  • Continue asthma medications. Help your child stick to their asthma medication schedule. Create reminders around your home such as on your refrigerator, your child’s bathroom mirror or on their mobile device to remind them to take prescribed asthma medications.

Because viral infections and fever can trigger asthma, it’s important to take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in children and teens with asthma. Your family can help prevent COVID-19 by:

People With Other Conditions That Put Them At Higher Risk

People with certain other health conditions are at high risk and can get the COVID-19 vaccine .

These conditions include:

  • long-term lung conditions
  • long-term conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels
  • diabetes
  • chronic kidney disease
  • long-term liver conditions
  • conditions affecting the brain or nerves
  • learning disabilities
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections
  • severe mental conditions
  • severe obesity

If you have a condition that means you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination appointments.

You can also book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now if you would like to.

Some charities have worked with the NHS to produce advice about health conditions and COVID-19 vaccination.

I Cant Go To Work Because Of Covid

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have to self-isolate, you can get a note for your employer online.

You can also use this service if you:

  • live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms and need to isolate
  • are in a support bubble with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms and need to isolate
  • have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service.

If you feel well enough and your employer agrees you can work from home, you dont need an isolation note.

If you have had both jabs, and it has been two weeks since your second jab, you no longer need to self-isolate and stay home from work if you have come into contact with someone with COVID-19. But you should get a free PCR test as soon as possible.

You can read more about work and COVID-19, including whether you should be going to work if youre clinically extremely vulnerable, on our other health advice pages.

Get Tested Regularly When You Dont Have Symptoms

Regular testing is important to understand and slow the spread of COVID-19. Self-testing can also help stop asymptomatic people from spreading the virus to other people without them knowing.

Lateral flow tests can be done at home and give you a result in 30 minutes. These tests are for people who dont have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, wherever you live in the UK, you should self-isolate and request a PCR test online.

All results from lateral flow tests must be reported, whether the result is positive, negative, or void. Full instructions on how to complete the test and how to report results are given in each pack. How often you should self-test may vary, depending on your circumstances and current national or local guidelines.

Everyone can now get free lateral flow tests for COVID-19. Get a lateral flow test in your area