According to post-vaccination adverse event (AEFI) data routinely collected by the ministry through the Chanjo system and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), none of the vaccinations introduced in the country has resulted in death.
However, the MoH, which recently looked at a fainting case, said very few allergic reactions have been recorded since the vaccination campaign began and typically minimal medical intervention was required, with most healing on their own
“There are some things that need to be clarified before you can come to a conclusion.
” First, was the fainting related to vaccine administration or other underlying medical conditions? It is not uncommon for people to faint from fear at the sight of a needle.
“Second and foremost, however, due to the professional code being investigated, the information of the individual PPB investigations and follow-up measures cannot be publicly known are given. Suffice it to say that this was not an alarming result from an AEFI, “said PPB.
The Ministry of Health has urged those who are prone to allergic reactions to be careful and to report.
“Look out for signs and symptoms that may appear and report them through the Chanjo KE platform or PPB.
A ministry official will contact you at the next Guide dose.
“However, the general recommendation is that anyone with a history of severe allergic reactions to any component of the vaccine should not take the vaccine or any of its types.
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“The person concerned has therefore been properly guided and should wait to use the other vaccine types in the country, the viral vector vaccines (AstraZeneca or Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccines).” MoH said.
Experts explain that there are different types of imp and that there is a difference between an mRNA vaccine and a viral vector vaccine, although both mRNA and viral vector vaccines contain instructions that teach our cells to make “spike proteins” that contain the protein on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
While mRNA is made up of tiny lipids (fat molecules) that help mRNA penetrate your cells directly, the DNA instructions for your cells – this virus is known as a vector.
Examples of mRNA vaccines are Pfizer and Moderna.
According to the Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) an allergic reaction is considered serious when a person is treated with Epinephrine or EpiPen © needs or needs to be hospitalized.
Experts refer to severe allergic reactions as anaphylaxis.
“An immediate allergic reaction occurs within four hours of vaccination and can cause symptoms such as hives, swelling and Wheezing (shortness of breath).
The American regulatory agency recommends that people get vaccinated even if they have a history of severe allergic reactions that are not due to vaccines or injectable drugs – such as food, pets, poison , Environmental or latex allergies, while those with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions can also be vaccinated, “says DC.
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides instructions on how to handle allergic reactions on Covid-19 vaccinations on their official website.
“WHO is aware that a small fraction of people – around one person in a million People who have been vaccinated – is – can have a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccines known as anaphylaxis.
As with any other vaccine or drug, some have e People, especially those with a history of anaphylaxis to any of the vaccine components, are at higher risk of reacting to the COVID-19 vaccination.
Similarly, if the person has a history of anaphylaxis with a previous dose of the same Has vaccine that it has advised against taking the vaccine.
To treat such cases, the WHO recommends that all vaccination centers should have a doctor or clinic officer with the necessary kit to handle such reactions or to treat other adverse events after vaccination, “the WHO points out.
A recent peer-reviewed study by the JAMA network on allergic reactions to mRNA vaccines found that most of the rare, Severe allergic reactions to the 2 messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines have occurred in people with a history of allergies, many of whom have had previous anaphylaxis Overly active mast cells, a type of white blood cell, can cause life-threatening reactions that look like anaphylaxis.
As the Kenyan Ministry of Health claims it has not adopted a strategy for the mixed regime for Covid-19 vaccines, ask to see if the government should consider this for those who are prone to Al allergic reactions.