For those out there who have fears about the vaccine due to allergies, pregnancies, diabetes, lung disease or other illnesses, you may be surprised to know, the odds are good that you might even need it more than most folks — not less.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with “moderate to severe immune compromise,” underlying conditions, pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In fact, these groups of people may even be in greater need of getting the vaccine as they are otherwise compromised. With pregnant and breastfeeding women, the antibodies are transferred to the child, protecting them as well as the mother.
As for those fearing allergies, the reality is that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than having an allergic reaction to the vaccine.
There are, however a very few legitimate exemptions — and many of those simply suggest a temporary pause in getting the vaccine. They include:
- Those who just received the flu or shingles shots
- Those with a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), those with HIV or other autoimmune diseases should talk with your doctor first
- Those with a legitimate allergic reaction to any of the components of the vaccine
- Those under the current “safe” age (which is 12 as of fall 2021)
- Those who currently have COVID or are receiving antibodies
It’s important to point out that the CDC wants everyone who has had COVID to receive a vaccine – just wait 90 days until you are cleared. You will still benefit from being vaccinated.
Myths About the Vaccine
No, Nikic Minaj’s cousin’s friend did not get swollen testicles from the vaccine. That isn’t a thing. This claim has been proven false by several experts.
Look, it’s important when considering the vaccine for yourself and your family to follow the advice of the experts. Friends and family are well-meaning, but often ill-informed. Rumors grow and spread and are often exaggerated and incorrect by the time they get to you. Use common sense. Listen to those who have spent their lives and careers studying the science of immunization. And always consult with your own physician who knows you best.
PROVEN wants everyone to protect yourselves and those close to you – and while we’re at it – let’s all help protect each other in every way possible.
Stay safe out there.