PMR and Corona Virus vaccine

Posted by ncgal @ncgal, Nov 19 8:29pm

Just wondering if anyone has found out if it is okay to get the corona virus vaccine once it comes out. I'm 78, so past the 65+ age for early vaccinations, plus having the autoimmune diagnosis. I don't see my rheumatologist for another two months but guess I'll call him to find out if t comes to that. Just thought I'd see if anyone else has found out. I had no problem with the flu shot.

that's the question on my list when I see my rheumatologist next week.. I've heard one comment that we should not have a live vaccine when taking prednisone.

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On the form I filled out for the shingles vaccine, the question asked was whether you were taking more than 20 mg of prednisone. I was on 6 at the time. I didn’t have problems with flu shot or 2nd shingles shot. I did talk about it earlier this month with rheumatologist, but of course no information was out then. Sure hope we can get vaccination. I want to have family in my house again. And maybe travel????

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This is a great question. Keep us posted! It's my understanding that the Pfizer vaccine is not a live vaccine, not a dead vaccine either. But an entirely new approach using our own genetic RNA to build our own virus busting antibodies and as such are better and safer opening the door to the future of vaccines. I told my rheumy I want this thing in my arm ASAP. I only hope the sorry anti-vaxers will zip it up and let our amazing scientists and virologists do their jobs.

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@dmsbronch

This is a great question. Keep us posted! It's my understanding that the Pfizer vaccine is not a live vaccine, not a dead vaccine either. But an entirely new approach using our own genetic RNA to build our own virus busting antibodies and as such are better and safer opening the door to the future of vaccines. I told my rheumy I want this thing in my arm ASAP. I only hope the sorry anti-vaxers will zip it up and let our amazing scientists and virologists do their jobs.

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Hear,Hear!!!

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@irishdancer

Hear,Hear!!!

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Exactly.

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Actually I have discussed vaccines and Prednisone with my rheumatologist. Current thinking is that a dose of 20 mg or less per day is considered safe for a flu vaccine. That was confirmed by a study done in Scandinavia. Above that level, discuss with your treater. It probably will make a difference depending upon the type of corona virus vaccine that are approved, but it seems logical that if it’s safe to take the live virus for prevention of influenza at 20 mg or less, the same would be true for COVID. Always best to confer with your doctor though, since all new vaccines will be slightly different from each other and some based on completely new technologies.

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