Should you take the COVID-19 vaccine if you have underlying medical conditions? – Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new guidance on whether those with underlying medical conditions should take mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Pfizer and Moderna both developed vaccines that use mRNA. These vaccines have triggered severe allergic reactions to those allergic to the vaccine’s ingredients, according to The Boston Herald.

What the CDC says

The CDC said those with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the novel coronavirus. So they should take the vaccine, according to the CDC. But there’s an additional warning.

  • “mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. The following information aims to help people in the groups listed below make an informed decision about receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.”

The CDC said those with weakened immune systems can receive the vaccine, but they should be aware that any “information about the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for people who have weakened immune systems in this group is not yet available.”

  • The same should be considered for people with autoimmune conditions.

What to do after

  • The CDC still recommends people wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and wash hands after getting the vaccine to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.


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