Here is My Question:
I was diagnosed with RRMS 10 years ago... I had COVID 19 back in January 2021 and it was a long recovery... do I need to get the vaccine... if so, do I need both shots?
The CDC currently recommends COVID19 vaccination at least 90 days following complete recovery from a COVID19 infection. Deciding whether to follow these guidelines is complicated in people with MS and depends on the following information:
If you decide not to get vaccinated now, stay tuned to any updated information provided by the CDC and local health officials to help with your decisions.
Those who have not experienced a definite COVID19 infection should get vaccinated for the personal benefits as well as the good of society. Remember, this virus must infect humans to replicate and mutate. It is the mutations that cause more infectious and lethal variants to emerge, as we have seen in Brazil and more recently in India. India was doing well in their control of the virus for the first year, other than a minor spike in the fall of 2020, but failed to vaccinate people when vaccines became available. The result is a public health disaster. This could happen anywhere if the infection is allowed to linger in residual hosts (i.e. non vaccinated people).
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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