Heart Issues Following COVID-19 Vaccines Surpass 1,200 Cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that there are more than 1,200 cases of heart inflammation reported in people (mostly younger) who received messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines.
More than 130 million Americans have been fully vaccinated with mRNA shots, according to the CDC, and there have been a few reports of serious adverse side effects.
Both the Pfizer Inc. & BioNTech SE and Moderna vaccines both use the mRNA technology.
The numbers were reported at a meeting of the CDC’s advisory committee on immunization practices, which is currently assessing heart risks from the vaccines.
The meeting included a discussion of heart inflammation, the future of booster shots and the use of mRNA vaccines in adolescents.
The CDC has confirmed that there has been a spike in myocarditis along with pericarditis, an inflammation around the membrane around the heart.
The case are rare and it has mostly occurred in male teens and young adults ages 12 to 39 .
The results and risk of heart inflammation following mRNA vaccinations in adolescence or young adults is notably higher a few days after the second dose of the vaccine and in men.
More data is needed to understand risk factors, treatment and long-term outcomes according to the advisory committee.
CDC Director Rochelle Wilensky said that mRNA vaccines have been successful in preventing severe illness and death among young people.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.