COVID Long-Haulers – No Increased Adverse Events

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

An observational study explored adverse events after vaccination. Participants were invited to complete an electronic survey, capturing self-reported COVID-19 symptoms, PCR/antibody results, and Adverse Events (AEs) following first dose of BNT162b2/Pfizer vaccine. Understanding AEs associated with SARS-CoV-2 vaccination has public health implications, especially with regard to vaccine hesitancy. Prior to COVID-19 infection but not ongoing, Long-COVID symptoms were associated with …

Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Post Vaccine

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

There has been a lot of discussion regarding patients experiencing blood clots post-vaccination with the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Several patients have died and several others are in critical care in hospitals. In an effort to address some of the concerns and confusion, the CDC has posted a powerpoint presentation discussing this syndrome. Please click the link to access the presentation …

IBD Treatment Blunts Vaccine Response

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

People who take a commonly prescribed drug for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) should not assume they are protected after a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, after a large-scale study found many had poor antibody responses. The research measured antibody responses after vaccination with the Pizer/BioNtech or the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in 865 people treated with infliximab, an anti-tumor necrosis factor …

Facial Paralysis and COVID-19 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Facial paralysis can be observed in the context of many conditions, such as viral infections, traumatic injury, cancers, or hormonal changes during pregnancy. Idiopathic causes, also known as Bell palsy, are unilateral, generally reverse spontaneously, and cause partial or complete acute weaknesses of the face. Isolated facial paralysis after vaccination has been reported as case reports for decades with almost …

Vaccines and Blood Clots

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The University of Liverpool’s Professor Tom Solomon is a co-author of the research paper discussing the rare cases of blood clots in the brain and low platelets seen in some patients after vaccination. The authors stress the importance of rapidly identifying the syndrome, vaccine-induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia (VITT), and the importance of following a particular treatment approach that is very …