New CDC report says severe allergic reaction to COVID vaccine is rare

New CDC report says severe allergic reaction to COVID vaccine is rare
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some people are concerned about the new COVID vaccine because they have a history of allergic reactions, but a new report might put them at ease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has seen 29-cases of severe allergic reactions to coronavirus vaccines.

Severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis, can be life threatening and must be treated immediately.

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In a new report, the CDC looked at the first week and a half of the vaccine rollout – from Dec. 14 to Dec. 23 - when 1.9 million people were inoculated.

The CDC says the severe reactions happened within minutes, but all the patients that experts followed up with have recovered.

Seventeen of them have a history of allergies.

Officials said people with general allergies should not be concerned about taking the vaccine, but it’s always good to check with your healthcare provider before getting a shot.

Right now, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the only two vaccines available in the U-S.

The CDC says more than 5.3 million Americans have received their first dose.

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