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  • Is the Booster shot safe for SMA patients?

    Posted by angela-j on September 19, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I’m planning on getting a booster shot soon (I’ve been vaccinated twice already) since I’m going to a concert next week and I want to be protected. I’m nervous about side effects though. Has anyone that received the booster shot had any bad side effects? I didn’t react to the first 2 vaccines, but I’m worried the booster shot might be more dangerous. Please let me know your experiences after getting the booster shot.

    mike-huddleston replied 6 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • alyssa-silva

    September 20, 2023 at 10:59 am

    Hey Angela. If you have any reservations about getting the booster, my best advice would be to talk to a medical professional who knows you and your SMA. That being said, I have had 2 boosters without any issues and plan on getting a third soon. Each time I have always consulted with a doctor first.

  • mike-huddleston

    September 21, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Angela –
    I would echo Alyssa’s response about consulting with your doctor if you have any concerns. I would not rely on social media or various news outlets for safety or efficacy. Personally, I received both initial vaccines and two subsequent boosters, all Pfizer, with no issues. I will be getting the new variant booster soon. I haven’t consulted with my doctor for any of these, but understand some may want to and encourage anyone to do so to help determine if the vaccine/booster is right for you.

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