[Question #7441] Vaccine

5 months ago
With the Covid vaccine coming out, I was going to pull my records and see if I have had the HPV vaccine. I think I have but if I haven’t I wanted to know your opinion on any reason I shouldn’t get it. I don’t want it to cause a bad reaction or make things worse in a since of  outbreak or anything else. On what I know a vaccine is the dead virus to create immunity and I haven’t been told not to get the vaccine by anyone. I was curious on your opinion before I walked in there. Thanks in advance just making sure it is safe mainly.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
5 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

No vaccines interact with others:  that is, immunization with any vaccine does not increase the risk of side effects of another vaccine, and doesn't make the new vaccine any less effective. It doesn't matter whether or not you have had the HPV vaccine; it should not influence your decision about COVID-19 immunization. The same for all your routine childhood immunizations, flu shots (if you have had them), and any other vaccines you have ever had. And by the way, very few vaccines are composed of "dead virus". Most vaccines are composed of virus parts and cannot cause infection. Some of the coming COVID vaccines have coronavirus genetic material (RNA), but these also cannot cause infection.

The data available so far suggest the coming COVID-19 vaccines are both effective and safe. Unless new data turns up that shows frequent and serious side effects, everybody should get vaccinated. Official recommendations are still to come, but so far there are no medical conditions known likely to change the advice that everyone should be vaccinated.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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5 months ago
Well my main fear about the HPV vaccine was that by getting the vaccine could cause a trigger, outbreak, infection worse if a underlying infection was there but by your answer a vaccine can not cause a infection so it would be safe to get. If you respond with it is ok, I will be getting both vaccines. This is the fourth opinion on it is ok to get so I would say everything is good to go but this is the experts page. Thanks for your help and great answer. Just wanted to feel comfortable when I walked in there. 
5 months ago
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I don’t want something to go wrong by getting the vaccine. If not, I’m going for it and will be getting both when it is available. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
5 months ago
We're not experts on the coming COVID-19 vaccines. But from what I know so far, there's nothing likely to "go wrong" from being vaccinated, and no known triggering outbreaks of previous chronic infections. However, it is known that both vaccines that will become available in the US first (in the next 2-3 weeks) have side effects -- muscle aching, flu-like symptoms, etc for a day or two. But nothing serious or dangerous as best is known so far. Certainly not as dangerous as catching COVID!!!---
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