Monday, 8 March 2021

That virus and the vaccine!

I am having trouble with this virus and the vaccine. I have had my letter asking me to make an appointment, and that's wonderful! and as soon as I get the answers to my questions I will make an appointment. However getting answers to questions of this nature is not easy. 

1. I am concerned about mixing antibodies I may already have from my first infection with the vaccine?

2. I am concerned about mixing antibodies I may already have from a second infection with the vaccine?

3. Given 1 & 2 is there a preferred vaccine?

4. If the second virus was not the same strain as the first will any vaccine be effective?

5. Why can I not be treated with Hydroxychloroquine? Following the political ousting of Trump, some doctors have started suggesting "It will work".

6. And finally what is the effectiveness of my own immune system?

These are all questions I have tried asking. I cannot get my own surgery to even pick up the phone, 119 a very extended diatribe from a recording  telling people that they will not answer these types of questions. The Internet is great at telling you how to prevent catching it.

I am not an anti-Vaxxer but I think it is only fair, given an A&E told me I had the virus back in February and a cancer specialist told me only a few weeks ago what I thought was flu over Christmas, was on the balances of probabilities Covid-19, that I should ask these questions.

4 comments:

roger said...

Maffi, you shouldn't worry if the type of virus that you have had is different to the type that your vaccine uses as a starter protein, the impact on your immune system will be to develop a broader spectrum of antibodies which will have the effect of giving you a wider range of immunity from serious infection.

This is the design principal of the Pfizer vaccine (and the Russian vaccine) where they are using 1 viral protein for the first vaccination but a different viral protein for the booster (3 weeks later) to enhance the spectrum of antibodies generated.

If it is the same type as you already have, it will boost your antibodies and your immunity from further infection, as the natural antibodies that you have won't last long.

It would be nice to know more, but, either way, you will be better off with it than without it.

I just wish that I had your opportunity.

Cheers, and stay well, Roger

nb Chuffed said...

Hi Maffi,
I heard the answers to the first 4 questions on BBC radio, science-based programmes. Antibodies will not fight against each other and may even boost each other's efficacy.
Question 5 and 6, I can't answer but 'some doctors' .... you might want to check where they did their qualification? and was it medical!?
If you believe (as I do) that the BBC is fair and unbiased, try googling 'vaccine questions bbc' on their website.

Keep well! how is your kitchen fit-out going?
Debby

Maffi said...

Thank you both. Debby I trust Tucker Carlson more than the BBC.

Chris said...

Crikey Maffi I'm surprised that you are worried about any vaccine, you must have been used like an experimental pin cushion during your time in the RAF if it was anything like my time in the RN around the period of our multiple Middle Eastern troubles! I had Covid a year ago to the day that I received the Astrazeneca vaccine a couple of weeks ago! My Covid was pretty awful last March culminating in a pneumonia that took a couple of months to completely clear and it was several more months before I recovered my lung capacity and was back to my normally healthy and fit self. I had a pretty uncomfortable reaction to the vaccine which interestingly mimicked the start of my previous infection almost exactly with a headache that felt like my head was being crushed in a vice and no amount of paracetamol would really do more than take the edge off, but no cough! That lasted a day and then I felt like I had a hangover for a further day but I was back up and running 2 days later, my wife who also caught Covid (from me) had no reaction whatsoever from her vaccine so I think the level of response is a bit of pot luck. The comfort of now knowing I'm less likely to catch it again or spread the bloody awful thing is priceless though! I'd say when you are going to get it stock up on paracetamol and prepare to spend a day or so on the sofa.