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On Friday, December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of the first vaccine for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Several other vaccine candidates are currently being developed and tested, and multiple vaccines may become available in the weeks and months ahead. In the days to come, myHSteam will reach out to specialists to find out what this means for people with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).
Members of myHSteam share a variety of viewpoints regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. Some are eager to receive it as soon as it becomes available, while others are cautious and waiting to learn more. One member wrote, “Has anyone heard of the effects of the COVID vaccine on HS patients?”
Your doctor knows all the details of your HS, the treatments you take, and other aspects of your health history. This makes them the best source for guidance as you weigh the benefits and risks associated with the vaccine. Many myHSteam members are already talking to their doctors about COVID-19 vaccines. “The next time I can see my doctor I will bring it up,” shared one member.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is reviewing clinical trial data on the COVID-19 vaccine to determine whether to recommend it and, if so, who should take it. The ACIP will consider factors like age, underlying medical conditions, race, and ethnicity. With vaccines on the way, people living with HS will need accurate information to make decisions about being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Here is what is known so far:
There are many questions that remain unanswered, and myHSteam will be reaching out to HS specialists to find out the following:
Over the weeks to come, myHSteam will provide updates as we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for people with HS, including those treating their skin condition with medications.
What questions do you have about COVID-19 vaccines? Share them in the comments below.
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