The odds of having a severe allergic reaction after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are looking incredibly slim.
On Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first comprehensive trove of data detailing how many people have had confirmed allergic reactions after getting Moderna’s new shot.
Among more than 4 million doses of the vaccine that were administered nationwide from December 21 to January 10, just 10 people reported confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after vaccination, which is a severe allergic reaction requiring administration of epinephrine. That rate of anaphylaxis cases is 2.5 per million.
An additional 43 vaccine-takers had less severe nonanaphylactic allergic reactions, with symptoms including itching (especially in the mouth and throat), rashes, and “sensations of throat closure.”
There have been no reports of death so far, and patients have generally recovered well after these allergic reactions, though five of the 10 severe cases had to be admitted to intensive care first. ( Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine , too, has been very rarely associated with severe allergic reactions .)
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10 women have had severe, allergic reactions to the Moderna vaccine
The first day of Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations in Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center on January 4, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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All of the confirmed cases of anaphylaxis after administration of Moderna’s shot so far were in women, which isn’t a huge surprise when you consider that most of the non-elderly people who’ve been vaccinated so far are healthcare workers, an industry which is 76% female in the US.
In addition, according to CDC data, more than 2.4 million woman have gotten Moderna’s shot, compared with 1.4 million men (an additional 125,000-plus people who got Moderna shots didn’t record a sex.)
Most of the anaphylactic reactions happened within just minutes of vaccination. Only one of the ten cases took longer than 30 minutes to present, post-vaccination:
For these reasons, the CDC is recommending that all vaccine sites have doses of epinephrine on hand, and that people who get vaccinated should wait 30 minutes at the vaccine site before heading off, just in case something happens.
“It’s important that anybody who has had anaphylaxis talk to their vaccinator about that, and make sure that if they choose to be vaccinated, they wait the 30 minutes,” Dr. Thomas Clark, who’s been tracking allergic reactions after vaccination at the CDC, told reporters earlier this month .
Nine of the 10 patients who had severe, allergic reactions after Moderna’s shot had a history of allergies, and the most common allergies among them were to drugs (six patients). Just one patient with a severe reaction after vaccination had a food allergy.
“You know, many, many people with histories of allergies were vaccinated uneventfully,” Dr. Clark added.
People who do have an allergic reaction after their first shot of Moderna or Pfizer’s vaccine should not get their second dose, the CDC says.
California cops’ Memorial Day tribute busted by spelling police
Just throw in the “e” for effort.
A well-meaning salute to heroes by the San Jose Police Department was cited for bad spelling on Twitter, where the cops botched an operative word.
“Remembering and Honoring Our Heros,” reads a graphic celebrating Memorial Day.
Several commenters, all of whom should expect to get a ticket if pulled over for speeding in the Silicon Valley area, noted that a heros is a type of fish found in South America.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office: Woman charged with second-degree murder following shooting
PINEY FLATS, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has charged a woman with second-degree murder following a shooting investigation.
According to a release, Teresa Sherrill, 48, is charged for the death of John Sherrill, 71.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a 911 call Sunday just before 9:00 p.m. from 341 Warren Road in Piney Flats in “reference to a shooting.”
“The caller identified herself as Teresa Sherrill and stated that her boyfriend, John Sherrill, had attacked her,” the press release said. “Ms. Sherrill stated that she shot Mr. Sherrill.”
According to the press release, upon arrival, deputies discovered John Sherrill was dead.
The release stated the victim appeared to have both knife and gunshot wounds.
Sherill is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Pedophilia website operator kidnapped Fresno girl, arrested while flying to Virginia, police say
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A 40-year-old man from Virginia has been arrested for flying across the country to kidnap a 12-year-old Fresno girl.
Authorities say on Monday, December 14, they learned that the girl went missing and that she may have been convinced to run away with someone. At that point, the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force took over the investigation.
The ICAC discovered that 40-year-old Nathan Larson flew to Fresno from Virginia, went to the girl’s home and convinced her to sneak out of the house and go with him back to Virginia.
Once at the airport, investigators say Larson made the girl wear a wig to make her appear older and asked her to act as if she was disabled. The two were scheduled to fly from Fresno to Washington, DC, with a layover in Denver, Colorado.Law enforcement in Fresno were able to contact police in Denver and asked them to check for Larson and the girl in the airport. They were found, Larson was arrested, and the girl was reunited with her family later that day.
A search of Larson’s house in Virginia on December 17 revealed that he has a disturbing history. Investigators say Larson is a white supremacist who is an advocate for pedophilia. Larson runs a website that encourages raping children and sharing images of the sexual acts. In the two months Larson and the girl were in communication, he convinced her to send naked pictures.
It’s a website that New York native Belle DelMasi tried to get shut down. She’s used social media to spread awareness. Children who Larson contacted found their way to DelMasi and told her their stories.
“If they didn’t decide that they wanted to meet him or if they didn’t want to send him naked pictures anymore, then he would be extremely rude to them, dismissive and call them names,” she said.
Larson ran a political campaign in 2017 to be part of the Virginia House of Delegates. He aimed to change laws for incestual relationships and to allow sexual activity with minors.
Back in 2008, while living in Colorado, investigators say Larson emailed Secret Service threatening to kill the president. At the time, George W. Bush was set to leave office and Barack Obama was president-elect. He served 14 of his 16-month sentence.
Larson’s father, 69-year-old Arthur, has also been arrested for assaulting a Homeland Security Agent during the search of his son’s home. The elder Larson was released after posting bond.
Detectives believe that due to his past, there are other victims. You are asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information on Larson’s potential victims.
Larson will soon be transported from Denver to the Fresno County Jail. He is facing five felony counts, that carry a potential sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
“I hope that he goes to prison and at the very least, if he doesn’t go to prison, then he really needs to be in a psychiatric unit,” DelMasi said.
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