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Wallowa County hospital employee has severe allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine


Was given the Moderna vaccine, is recovering at hospital

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — As the public health authority for Wallowa County, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday that a health care worker there has had a severe allergic reaction to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that required hospitalization.

OHA said it is closely monitoring the case, which involves an employee at Wallowa Memorial Hospital who experienced anaphylaxis after receiving a first dose of the Moderna vaccine this week. The individual is recovering at a hospital.

Those who have had an immediate allergic reaction — even if it was not severe — to a vaccine or injectable therapy for any disease should ask their health care provider if they should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your provider will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated.

OHA has been responsible for providing limited public health services in Wallowa County since April 2018, when the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners voted to transfer its local public health authority to the state agency. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, OHA is working closely with Wallowa County partners on COVID-19 case investigation, contact tracing and vaccination.

New vaccines for COVID-19 can cause mild to moderate side effects in some people, including pain and swelling on the arm, and sometimes fever, chills, tiredness and headache.

Health officials said these are normal signs that your body is building an immune response against the virus, and while they may affect your ability to do daily activities, they should go away in a few days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that in rare cases, some people have experienced severe allergic reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. An allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen, or if they must go to the hospital.

OHA said it will continue to track adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccines through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which the CDC co-manages with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS.

Health care professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention. For more information, visit the VAERS website.

So far, a total of 38,698 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines — 26,639 of Pfizer and 12,054 of Moderna—have been administered in Oregon since the week of Dec. 13.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the US response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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  1. I am undecided about the Corona inoculation. In October I had the quad flu shot. Six hours later developed chills, then fever. Two hours later threw up then slept for over 17 hours. Doctor advised allergic reaction.

      1. You call it a “normal immune response” when someone has that significant of a reaction to a flu shot? I disagree. I admit I haven’t always gotten a flu shot, though I have done so probably three or four times in my life–including this year’s flu shot, which I took in October. I had ZERO reactions or symptoms any of those times, including the most recent one. Some people’s body chemistry is such that they may react to a vaccine. Sounds like “dboc” was one of those.

        1. Nausea, fatigue, and fever are all listed as common side effects of the flu vaccine. I get vaccinated every year, but haven’t had anything as bad as dboc mentioned. But sometimes do feel wiped out the next day and once felt pretty feverish.

          This season I was just fatigued the next day. (But I’d gotten a tetanus booster at the same time, so who knows.)

    1. You might be one of the few. Get it and remain for observation unless your doctor says don’t get it. If you can’t get it, I’m certain to get mine in order to not infect people like you that perhaps cannot be inoculated.

    2. None of the vaccinations have been around long enough to take the chance of getting them. My father retired from the Research Department of Merck years ago. He would be the first to say don’t get it, without it going through further tests and trials.
      Also, even Fauci has warned about the very real risk of some people contracting Guillain-Barre Syndrome from the Covid vaccination. GBS can cause lifelong paralysis. We have that on my mother’s side of the family.

      1. One of the many reasons I’m not getting the vaccine right away when it does become available. I’ll let all the early adopters be the guinea pigs for me. Have fun.

    3. Agree it sounds like an immune response to the vaccine, but if you decide to go ahead, then i would request a prolonged observation after the shot

  2. How stupid do you have to be, to be more scared of a vaccine that has had a few dozen allergic reactions in 2 million doses versus a virus that kills 1-2 out of 100 infected?

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