Irish heath authorities have updated their guidelines on negative vaccine reactions to include “mental status change, seizures or leg swelling” as Belgium stops giving J&J / Janssen vaccine to under 40’s due to woman’s death.
In their latest report for May 2021, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) have updated their guidelines on negative vaccine reactions to include “mental status change (e.g. confusion), seizures (fits) or leg swelling”. This is in addition to the existing list, which include severe or persistent headaches, blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain or persistent abdominal pain,
unusual skin bruising or pinpoint round spots beyond the site of vaccination.
Vaccine recipients are advised to seek medical attention if any of these signs/symptoms
are experienced within 3 weeks of vaccination. The product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen has been updated with the above advice, and a similar update to the product information for Vaxzevria® (Astra Zeneca) is expected.
This update comes as Belgium said it was suspending vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for people under the age of 41 following the death of a woman from severe side-effects after she was given the shot. The woman – who was under the age of 40 – died on May 21 after being admitted to hospital with severe thrombosis and platelet deficiency reports USnews.
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