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Health Benefits of COVID-19 vaccines far outweigh possible risk of heart inflammation: Dr. Reimer

05:06  25 june  2021
05:06  25 june  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

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The benefits of COVID - 19 mRNA vaccines outweigh the risk of rare heart inflammation . A CDC group analyzed 636 reported post- vaccination cases of myocarditis. Young people, especially males, may have a small risk of developing heart inflammation particularly after a second dose of an Why the Moderna vaccine would produce more cases of heart inflammation than the Pfizer vaccine is not clear. Moderna’s vaccine is currently authorized for people 18 and older, so any myocarditis or pericarditis cases noted in 12- to 17-year-olds are mostly from the Pfizer vaccine or from clinical trials

CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday on Good Morning America that benefits of COVID - 19 vaccines outweigh risks of rare heart inflammation in teens and young adults. On Wednesday, the CDC's COVID - 19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group found there is a 'likely association' between vaccines and heart inflammation '. The group noted vaccination with the Pfizer and Moderna shots in adolescents and young adults is notably higher after the second dose and in males.

Joss Reimer looking at the camera: Dr. Joss Reimer is the medical lead of Manitoba's vaccine implementation task force. © John Woods/The Canadian Press Dr. Joss Reimer is the medical lead of Manitoba's vaccine implementation task force.

The protection you'll get from being vaccinated against COVID-19 far outweighs the potential risk of heart inflammation that could be linked to the shots, the medical lead of Manitoba's vaccine task force said on Thursday.

Dr. Joss Reimer's comments came one day after a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group said rare reports of heart inflammation in people given mRNA-based immunizations, like the ones from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, are likely linked to the jabs.

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A nurse takes a Moderna Covid - 19 vaccines ready to be administered at a vaccination site at Kedren Community Health Center, in South Central Los Angeles, California on February 16, 2021. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel said there is a “likely association” between mRNA COVID - 19 vaccines and rare reports of heart inflammation in younger age groups. Still, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ultimately concluded that the benefits of receiving a shot “clearly outweigh ” the risks .

Worried about heart inflammation and COVID - 19 vaccines ? The CDC has been investigating cases of heart inflammation mainly in young men for several months, and said earlier this month that it was still evaluating the risk from the condition and did not confirm a causal relationship between the vaccines and the heart issue. On Wednesday, the CDC's working group said available data does suggest a likely link between myocarditis and mRNA vaccination in adolescents and young adults.

The CDC has been investigating cases of heart inflammation — mainly in young men — for several months.

On Wednesday, the CDC's working group said available data suggests a likely link between myocarditis — swelling in the heart — and mRNA vaccination in adolescents and young adults. But like Reimer, that group still said the benefits of getting vaccinated outweigh any potential risks.

"I know when you hear about swelling of the heart, it can sound very scary," Reimer said at a news conference.

But she added that 95 per cent of cases of myocarditis and pericarditis (swelling in the lining around the heart) reported in the U.S. after vaccination were mild, treatable with medication like Advil and resolved completely with no lasting symptoms.

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While an unexpectedly high number of Americans aged 12 to 24 have experienced heart inflammations after receiving mRNA-based Covid - 19 vaccines , the government and the medical establishment insist that everything is fine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met on Wednesday to discuss reports of heart conditions among the very young, following The HHS “strongly encouraged” everyone over the age of 12 to get vaccinated , “as the benefits of vaccination far outweigh any harm.”

A slide on myocarditis reports post- COVID - 19 vaccination is shown during the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting on June 10, 2021. (FDA/Screenshot via The Epoch Times). The CDC announced last month that it was investigating reports of heart inflammation in teenagers and young adults who received a COVID - 19 vaccine , though it Authors, who did not respond to requests for comment, said no link has been established between the vaccines and myocarditis and that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks .

Myocarditis and similar conditions aren't new, Reimer said. They can happen for many reasons, with one of the most common causes being viral infections.

In fact, the condition is far more common after getting COVID-19 than after getting the vaccine, she said.

And the number of cases identified is so small, it's still not totally clear whether the condition is even linked to the vaccine, Reimer said.


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So far, Canada is actually seeing fewer cases of myocarditis among vaccinated people than would be expected among the general population, she said.

"So we really are talking about a different situation than when I had to talk to you in the past about blood clots [linked to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine]," she said.

"But all of that said, we take this seriously and we watch these things very carefully. This is again a great example of how good our surveillance systems are for vaccine safety, both in Canada and the U.S."

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" Risk - benefit considerations to determine whether to issue an emergency use authorization for use of a COVID - 19 vaccine into healthy pediatric individuals will need to account for this information, and risk - benefit consideration will likely be different, not only compared to those for adults, but also they may be different for younger versus older pediatric groups," Dr . Marion Gruber, director of the. FDA's vaccine office, said at the meeting. Editor's note: This story and headline have been updated to reflect that the CDC is now referring to Friday's meeting as a " COVID - 19 meeting" rather than an

The specific and significant COVID - 19 risk of ADE should have been and should be prominently and independently disclosed to research subjects currently in vaccine trials, as well as those being recruited for the trials and future patients after vaccine approval, in order to meet the medical ethics standard The first is a 2017 study7 in PLOS Pathogens, ”Enhanced Inflammation in New Zealand White Rabbits When MERS-CoV Reinfection Occurs in the Absence of Neutralizing Antibody,” which investigated whether getting infected with MERS would protect the subject against reinfection, as is typically the

Numbers in perspective

To put the latest data from the U.S. in perspective, Reimer explained what the same situation would look like applied to Manitoba's population.

Based on those numbers, if the province gave two COVID-19 vaccine doses to every man in Manitoba age 18 to 24, it would result in three cases of myocarditis — all of which would be expected to be mild and resolve completely.

Those doses would also prevent 840 COVID-19 infections, plus 37 hospitalizations and nine intensive care admissions linked to the illness, Reimer said.

Applying the same data to girls and boys ages 12 to 17 in Manitoba would result in five cases of myocarditis — again, with all five expected to be mild and resolve completely with anti-inflammatory medication like Advil, she said.

Those vaccinations would also prevent 945 COVID-19 cases, and stop 26 hospitalizations and seven intensive care admissions from happening, Reimer said.

"Doctors in the U.S. and in Canada still recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even for youth, because the risks of severe illness or even death from a COVID-19 infection are much higher and much more serious than the risks associated with myocarditis," she said.

"It is better to get the protection from being vaccinated than to stay at risk of getting COVID-19."

Reimer said people of any age, whether or not they've recently been vaccinated, should always seek medical attention if they experience sudden chest pain, unusual shortness of breath or a heartbeat that's fluttering, fast or pounding.

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