New poll to find out how the booster vaccine affected the ME/CFS community.
Latest information from the ME Association (MEA).
December Poll: how did the Covid-19 booster affect you?
December 9, 2021
We have a new poll to find out how the booster vaccine affected the ME/CFS community. Details are below, together with the poll for you to complete.
To clarify the different reactions to the vaccines see below:
NO REACTION - No vaccine side-effects or exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms
MILD REACTION - Vaccine related side-effects (eg sore arm, fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, fever, chills, nausea) and/or a mild exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms lasting for up to 48 hours after vaccination but not causing any significant or prolonged deterioration in overall health
MODERATE REACTION - Vaccine related side-effects and/or exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms and causing a more significant deterioration in overall health for up to 5 days
SEVERE REACTION - Vaccine related side-effects and/or an exacerbation of ME/CFS symptoms causing a more severe and/or persisting deterioration in overall health
NB: A severe reaction or unusual adverse effects, should be reported on the Yellow Card reporting system
If you have had a Covid-19 booster how did it affect you....[complete the poll on the MEA website]
The MEA’s statement on -
Update on Omicron (B.1.1.529), Covid-19 boosters and ME/CFS
December 6, 2021
On November 25th scientists in South Africa, where cases of Covid-19 have been rising very rapidly, announced that they had found a worrying new variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. Worrying because the new variant has over 30 mutations (changes in the genetic code) on what is called the spike protein. This is the part of the virus that enables it to gain entry into human cells. The spike protein is also the target area for antibodies that are produced by Covid-19 vaccines. The new variant is also now present in over 25 countries, including the UK - where there are over 200 cases with the numbers here rising quite rapidly as well.
Scientists from around the world are trying to find out whether this new variant is going to (a) be more infectious/transmissible than the delta variant and (b) produce more serious disease We also need to know whether Covid-19 vaccines are still going to provide a high degree of protection from developing serious disease if someone catches the new variant. At the moment there is a high degree of uncertainty about all three concerns. But we should have some fairly reliable answers within the next two to three weeks.
In the meantime, some preliminary information indicates that omicron:
- appears to be significantly more transmissible/infectious than the current delta variant - possibly twice as infectious
- is producing milder and slightly different symptoms in younger people who catch it in South Africa. But there is very little information on severity in older or medically vulnerable people and in people who live outside South Africa
- may be more resistant to current vaccines – as some early data from the UK has found that around half of people testing positive for omicron had been double vaccinated
The above MEA article includes a link to -
Free New Winter Vaccines Leaflet: Flu, Pneumonia, and Covid-19 Booster , covering -
Winter vaccinations: Flu, Pneumonia, & Covid-19 Booster INTRODUCTION Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association: To link in with the launch of the NHS flu vaccination campaign this year …
Worcestershire County Council gives Omicron variant news, including information specific to Worcestershire
• Coronavirus (COVID 19) • M.E. Association • Worcestershire • Worcestershire County Council