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Vaccines & Allergies - Just an FYI

This information may be too little too late. However if it saves one person from a severe reaction then it's worth the post even if it's behind schedule.


Are you a highly sensitive person with multiple allergies? Then you might want to consider the following information:


If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination provider site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.


Allergic reactions can happen within 4 hours after getting vaccinated. Allergic reactions could include symptoms such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress). For some people the reaction can be severe enough to require epinephrine or EpiPen© or if the person must go to the hospital. Experts refer to severe allergic reactions as anaphylaxis.


Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment beginning with a prompt injection of epinephrine and possibly a trip to the hospital emergency room. If not treated promptly it can be fatal. If you have allergies or asthma and / or have a family history of anaphylaxis, your risk of a reaction is higher. If you have experienced anaphylaxis in the past your risk of having another said reaction is also higher.

If You Are Allergic to Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

What is Polysorbate? According to Wikipedia, Polysorbates are a class of emulsifiers used in some pharmaceuticals and food preparation. Common brand names for polysorbates include Kolliphor, Scattics, Alkest, Canarcel, and Tween.


What is Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)? It is a polyether compound derived from petroleum with many applications, from industrial manufacturing to medicine. Polyethylene glycol

is often used in a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements. It is often used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements.


PEG can also be found in consumer products like toothpaste, mouthwash, many skin creams, lotions, soaps, hair products and shower gels. PEGs are petroleum-based compound that are often used as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers.

Therefore, if you have a allergy to PEG you probably already know it from using some of the above products that contain it.


Both Pfizer and Moderna contain PEG. Johnson & Johnson does not.


So this post is just an FYI in case you are considering the COVID vaccines.


Made Safe Hazard Link

Johnson & Johnson Information

JAMA - Vaccine Allergic Reactions

Additional information


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