COVID-19 Vaccination Programme questions and answers

There is separate guidance available for people living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Killer T cells kill the body’s own cells that have been invaded by the viruses or bacteria. This prevents the germ from reproducing in the cell and then infecting other cells. So some antibodies with variable ends recognise cancer cells and stick to them.

  • When successful, the vaccine uses your immune system to produce antibodies against portions of the spike protein that the virus uses to attach to our cells and infect us.
  • At this appointment, if your GP thinks you may have prostate cancer or a prostate problem, they may do a digital rectal examination (DRE) and a urine test to rule out infection.
  • Steroids that are injected into a blood vessel (intravenous steroids) may cause more widespread side effects.
  • The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) have produced a yellow fever pre-vaccination checklist that should be completed by all those considering yellow fever vaccine.
  • People often notice an improvement in their symptoms within days of starting the drug.These steroids can be given by injection, as tablets, or topically.

It is very important to keep taking your usual medicines, and not to change any doses. You should also continue to follow your self-management plan or asthma action plan. Some patients have asked the question “Is it safe to have a cortisone injection after (or before) my vaccine?

How should you time your steroid injection if you are planning on getting the Covid-19 vaccination?

This can increase your risk of infections, particularly viral infections (such as cold sores or shingles) and fungal infections (such as thrush). Stem cell transplants have a greater effect on the immune system than most other treatments. This is because they involve very high doses of chemotherapy, and sometimes radiotherapy.

  • Vaccines teach your immune system how to protect you from diseases.
  • Prednisolone does not make you sleepy and so it’s usually safe to drive or ride a bike while taking this medicine.
  • This will limit your contact with other people and reduce your risk of catching coronavirus.
  • There is no cure for COVID-19 although some newly tested treatments help to reduce the risk of complications.
  • Some cells of the immune system can recognise cancer cells as abnormal and kill them.
  • Methylprednisolone is usually supplied as tablets containing 100mg of the medicine.

If you’re not contacted by the NHS but think you’re eligible, each nation has NHS or government information about who to contact or how to book yourself for a booster. So you might be offered a spring 2023 booster to give you more protection. The booster can happen as soon as 3 months after your last COVID vaccine jab. If you haven’t yet heard about getting a third primary dose and you take one of those DMTs, contact your neurologist to discuss it.

I think I have received a phone call/email/text inviting me to book my COVID-19 vaccine that is a scam, what should I do?

They’ll know the latest evidence on safety, which vaccines to have, and whether you’re in any special clinical risk group. When you are first prescribed medication for your IBD you will probably find it easy to remember to take it exactly as instructed, especially if it has an immediate effect on your symptoms. Once you feel better, you may be less focused on taking your tablets or applying your topical medicines, and start to forget the odd dose.

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That’s because these DMTs might have stopped your immune system from responding strongly enough to the first two vaccine doses. You might also be eligible for a “third primary dose” and booster jabs. Most people had two “primary doses” (the first two doses) in summer 2021. But if you haven’t had these, you can still get them wherever you are in the UK.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine does not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have confirmed that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines do not contain any components of animal origin. Social media posts claiming that the ‘head of Pfizer research’ said the company’s COVID-19 vaccine would cause infertility in women have been shared widely.

Instead, they contain part of the genetic code of the virus, carried by the mRNA. These vaccines work by injecting this part of the coronavirus’s genetic code, which trains the body’s immune system to attack coronavirus if it’s exposed to it. Because none of the licensed vaccines are «live vaccines» it’s impossible to catch the coronavirus from the vaccine. We know about these possible side effects because thousands of people taking the vaccines were monitored during the clinical trials.

For those who have symptoms, diagnosis is usually made though a mixture of taking a careful medical history, performing a physical examination, a range of blood tests and a liver biopsy. A diagnosis of Autoimmune Hepatitis is usually made by looking at your test results and ruling out other causes of liver disease such as fatty liver disease or viral hepatitis. The use of steroid injections in musculoskeletal medicine is a standard treatment, but recent events with COVID-19 has asked questions of these.