Title: FDA Official Advocates for Spacing Out Vaccinations to Reduce Side Effects, McCreary County Record Reports
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In an effort to minimize potential side effects, the FDA official responsible for approving new vaccines for respiratory viruses has announced his plans to space out his own vaccinations. The official believes that receiving all three vaccines – RSV, COVID-19, and flu – simultaneously could lead to increased side effects.
Doctors commonly refer to the practice of administering multiple shots during the same visit as “coadministration” or “simultaneous administration.” However, spacing out the shots by approximately two weeks could potentially reduce the chances of interactions and associated side effects.
The official plans to prioritize receiving the updated COVID-19 vaccine due to its efficacy against currently circulating strains. Furthermore, this updated vaccine exhibits promising potential in offering protection against highly mutated variants of the virus.
Health authorities are considering allowing an additional vaccine dose to be offered to vulnerable groups later this fall. This additional dose aims to provide extra protection for those who may not have mounted an adequate immune response to the initial vaccine series.
The FDA official has marked early October for his flu shot, aligning with CDC recommendations calling for vaccination ideally during this timeframe. Typically, flu season peaks between December and February, and vaccination in early October ensures that immunity is established prior to the flu’s peak period.
This year, there are new options available for immunization against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Pfizer and GSK have developed vaccines specifically for older adults. RSV infections have recently shown a worrying increase in some parts of the country, particularly in the Southeast region.
Anticipating the need for updated guidelines, the CDC is expected to revise its recommendations regarding the administration of Pfizer’s RSV vaccine during pregnancy in order to protect newborns.
To aid in the upcoming RSV season, Sanofi and AstraZeneca have introduced a new antibody injection, particularly targeting babies born prematurely. This development provides an extra layer of protection for newborns against RSV.
By spacing out vaccinations and following the evolving recommendations of health authorities, individuals can better safeguard themselves against respiratory viruses, including RSV, COVID-19, and seasonal flu.
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