FDA Official Recommends Spacing Vaccines for Fewer Side Effects

A Top FDA Official ​Recommends Spacing⁤ Out COVID-19, Influenza,‍ and RSV Vaccines

A⁣ top official at the U.S. Food and Drug ‌Administration is suggesting people ‌space out vaccines for COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial ⁤(RSV).

“I have to be an honest person and say​ that⁣ some people are saying, ‘well, could I get RSV, COVID, and the flu vaccine on the same day?’⁣ Yes, indeed, you could,” Dr. Peter Marks, the official, said. “But honestly, I might not just because each of them can potentially make one a ​little fatigued or have​ a little bit of a fever. And I​ might just want to space them out a little bit.”

He added later, “Oftentimes, we suggest if you want⁤ to minimize the chance of interactions and minimize confusing ⁢side effects from one with another, you wait about two weeks between the vaccines.”

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But, he also said, “if you had to drive ⁣a lot of miles to get the ‍vaccines, it might not be unreasonable to get⁣ all three ⁢of them at once.”

Side effects of the vaccines include heart ⁤inflammation, severe allergic shock, and‍ nausea.

Dr. Marks, the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, was speaking during a⁢ recent call with agency ⁤stakeholders after the FDA approved and authorized new COVID-19 vaccines with practically no human data.

The U.S. Centers ⁢for Disease Control⁢ and Prevention (CDC) subsequently recommended COVID-19‌ shots for ​nearly all Americans, and ⁤advised many people to receive the⁤ influenza and RSV shots.

The CDC says (pdf)​ that administering⁢ two⁢ or ‌three of⁢ the​ vaccines at the⁤ same time “is an acceptable practice.”‌ The ‌CDC did not provide any studies ⁤supporting the practice. It previously cited a 1994 study.

Andrea‍ Garcia, a vice president at the American Medical Association, said recently that ⁤”research is⁣ still ongoing⁣ to inform guidance on that co-administration,” so people should talk to their doctor to ‍discuss the matter.

The FDA says in fact ⁣sheets for the new COVID-19 vaccines ⁣that “data ‍have not been submitted” to the FDA​ on administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the same time as other vaccines.

“If you are considering having your​ child receive ‍Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine ‍with ​other vaccines, discuss the options​ with your child’s healthcare provider,” one fact sheet states.⁢ Health care providers were told in ​another: “There are no data to​ assess the ⁣concomitant administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (2023-2024​ Formula)​ with other vaccines.”

Dr. James Johnston, a family doctor, told The Epoch​ Times before that he generally advises spacing out​ shots.

“In vaccine speak, you’re trying to induce immunity without the actual ‌infection,” he said. “You’re creating a fake war to ​trick the immune ​system into ‌producing immunity, so space out those wars as⁣ much as possible and you’re⁣ going⁤ to have less untoward side effects ⁢in my opinion.”

The new shots came just one ⁤year after the⁣ clearance and recommendation of bivalent vaccines, which, according to observational data, provided ‌ little protection for just a few months.

Dr. Marks said that data from⁣ 50⁣ people who took Moderna’s shot, ⁣and mice‌ that received Pfizer’s shot, indicate the updated vaccines ‌will work better against new variants.

While U.S. officials ⁤are recommending vaccination for ⁣virtually all Americans aged 6 months or older, ⁣many other countries, including much of Europe, are either ‌not recommending shots or‌ not allowing shots for⁤ large portions of the​ populace, citing in part the levels of prior infection and/or vaccination among them.

Denmark, for example, is only offering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines to some people over the age of 65.

Florida is recommending against the new shots for people under 65, with Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s surgeon general, noting the lack⁢ of data supporting them ‌and how officials relied largely on studies and trials of older versions of the ​vaccines.

“For the FDA to point to clinical trials that were performed almost ‌three years ago, actually approximately three years ago, as justification for making a decision now, when immunity⁤ is completely different, the circulating viruses and their pathogenicity, how serious they are in terms of the‌ gravity of illness ⁣they cause is completely different, ⁤it’s just ludicrous,” Dr. Ladapo told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

What potential side ‍effects should be considered when deciding on the timing and spacing of vaccines?

A top official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that individuals space out their COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory ‌syncytial (RSV) vaccines. Dr. Peter Marks, the director of ‌the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research,⁢ acknowledges that ⁢some people have questioned whether⁢ they can receive all three vaccines on the same day.⁣ While ⁣it is technically possible, Dr. Marks ‍advises against it due​ to the potential for fatigue or fever associated with each vaccine. Instead, he suggests ⁤waiting about two weeks between the ​vaccines to minimize the chance of interactions and confusing side ⁢effects.

However, Dr. Marks also acknowledges that if individuals must travel long distances to‍ receive the vaccines, it may be reasonable to receive all three at once. The decision ultimately depends⁣ on the individual’s ⁢circumstances and⁣ preferences.

It is ⁤important ⁤to ‍note ⁣that the vaccines can have side effects, including heart ‌inflammation, severe⁣ allergic shock, and nausea. These adverse effects should be taken into ‍consideration⁢ when deciding the timing and spacing of the vaccines.

Dr. Marks made these recommendations⁤ during a recent call with agency stakeholders after the FDA approved and authorized new​ COVID-19 ‌vaccines based on limited human data. The U.S. Centers for Disease⁣ Control and Prevention (CDC)‍ subsequently recommended COVID-19 shots for nearly all Americans and‌ advised many individuals to receive the influenza

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