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Covid-19 Vaccine and Pre-Existing Health Conditions: Everything You Need to Know

People with underlying health conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease are more likely to experience Covid-19 complications, which is why they are strongly recommended to get the covid 19 vaccine. Our experts Dr. Sneha Varahala, Pharm.D and Dr. Sunitanarra Reddy, ID specialist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad answer your queries below.

By Dr. Sneha Varahala and Dr. Sunitanarra Reddy
20 June 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine and Pre-Existing Health Conditions: Everything You Need to Know

 

Q. Is it okay for me to get the covid-19 vaccine if I am affected with tuberculosis and taking medications?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can patients with high blood pressure get jabbed?
A.
Yes

 

Q. My father got a paralysis stroke a month back. Can we get him vaccinated with the second dose? He is still weak.
A.
Yes, We know that covid-19 vaccines are the best way to protect against the effects coronavirus, which is why all stroke survivors are encouraged to attend their vaccination appointments.?

 

Q. I have a slight pain over my left shoulder. Is it appropriate to take the vaccine on my left arm?
A.
Yes, but if it’s too much pain it can be taken on the right arm.

 

Q. Can people having heart related problems get jabbed?
A.
Yes

 

Q. I have had an infection in my lungs since childhood. Can I get vaccinated?
A.
Yes

 

Q. My father takes blood thinners on a daily basis. Can he get vaccinated?
A.
Yes

 

Q. My father has fits, sugar and heart problems, can he get vaccinated?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Is vaccination safe for girls suffering from PCOD or PCOS?
A.
Yes

 

Q. I have suffered from CFS/ME for 7 years and I am scared of the pain I may get after getting jabbed. What should I do?
A.
Vaccination is the only way to avoid Covid which can be even debilitating. We would advise to make up your mind and take someone along for support and get the vaccine

 

Q. I am suffering from Crohn’s disease and I am under medication. Can I get jabbed?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can cancer patients get vaccinated?
A.
People with cancer (or with a history of cancer) can get some vaccines, but this depends on many factors, such as the type of vaccine, the type of cancer a person has (had), if they are still being treated for cancer, and if their immune system is working properly. Because of this,?it’s best to talk with your doctor before getting any type of vaccine

 

Q. Can people with allergies get vaccinated?
A.
Yes

 

Q. I had a blood clot in my brain last year. Can I get vaccinated?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can Asthma patients take vaccines?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can we take tablets for sugar, high/low blood pressure or allergies post vaccination?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can a diabetic person get vaccinated?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can bypass surgery patients take Covid vaccine?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can I take my regular painkillers post vaccination?
A.
Yes

 

Q. I have thyroid disorder and I am on medications, should I go for vaccination?
A.
Yes

 

Q. What precautions should a rheumatic patient take before getting vaccinated?
A.
It is generally not advised for patients to receive live vaccines. But the decision will be taken by the treating physician

 

Q. Vaccine precautions and suggestions for a spinal injured bedridden patient for 20 years. Age: 60 years.
A.
Covid-19 vaccine Side effects after vaccine were generally comparable between people with spinal cord injury and the general population. There were two exceptions. One is that a few patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)?reported increased pain or weakness after vaccination. A rare potential side effect after vaccine in patients with paralysis is autonomic dysreflexia. This can occur if an injection or other painful stimulus occurs below the level of the paralysis. Since the injection is given in the deltoid, patients with injuries below T6 (mid-thoracic area) should not have this problem. In autonomic dysreflexia, the main problem is severe high blood pressure.
It is advised to get checked both before and after the vaccine

 

Q. Which vaccine is good for a person with weak immunity or on immunosuppressants?
A.
Any vaccine can be given

 

Q. Can people continue anabolic steroids while they take the shot?
A.
The dosing changes and continuation will be decided by the physician on a case-by-case basis

 

Q. Is it okay to get vaccinated if I get seizures?
A.
Yes

 

Q. Can people with arthritis get jabbed?
A.
Yes

 

Q. What precautions are to be taken after taking Covaxin for diabetics?
A.
No special care is required. Carry on with the regular diabetic lifestyle and medications.

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