Kathy wrote:Hi to all! I'm curious if there are any known "problems" with getting the Covid 19 vaccine if you are an E4E4. Also have MTHFR Heterogenous. I read somewhere that because of the status I have, I may have more complications related to "getting" the Covid 19 vaccine... (side effects possibly long term)....any thoughts are appreciated.
In the past 6 months I've also had two random outbreaks of hives/eczema that I can't find the cause to that have been really painful and covered over my entire chest/ arms/ back and neck. I'm nervous about getting any vaccine for fear of a severe reaction. I'm 62 and seem to more susceptible to allergies. To date I've never had a flu or shingles shot.
Below is a link to topic with lots of replies to the same question--most of them positive experiences! COVID Safety for 4/4?
I'm ApoE 4/4 and age 69. As a kid I tested allergic to almost anything that's not a rock, had years of weekly allergy shots, still need prednisone after poison ivy and OTC allergy pills in some settings. I got the Pfizer vaccine shots in February and March and had only minor side effects of fatigue and achy muscles for about 10 hours after the second shot.
My adult daughter carries an epipen for a severe shellfish allergy and, like you, sometimes has random rashes that baffle her doctor. She got the Moderna vaccine this month with no ill effects. My oldest son, also APOE 3/4, had years of allergy shots after allergy-induced pneumonia 8 times in 8 months when he was 5. In his 20's he spent a week in hospitalized isolation 10 years ago with H1N1 flu-caused pneumonia. He also had the Pfizer vaccine with no problems.
In my non-medical view, the risk of neurological side effects, which appear to stem from inflammation, sometimes even with a mild case of COVID-19, is far worse than any risk of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. I have known several people my age who either got COVID-19 themselves, or worried when a loved one did--and they described often debilitating symptoms that lasted for weeks and kept them out of work for months in a few cases.
I'd go further and recommend you consider the flu shot next fall. I had 24 hours of feeling slightly feverish and achy after the quadrivalent flu shot last December (designed for 65+ folks to boost our lowered immune response) but I've had acute bronchitis enough times to know what it feels like to struggle to breathe.
If you decide to go ahead, let us know how it goes!