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Ep. 37: Understanding Covid-19 Vaccines and Allergies

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Dr Purvi Parikh joins us to talk about the two available Covid-19 vaccines currently available. Dr Parikh and Dr G discuss the nitty-gritty of the two mRNA vaccines and the allergic reactions associated with them.


Dr Parikh is a double-board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. During the pandemic, in addition to taking care of patients, she is an investigator/researcher in two of the Covid-19 vaccine trials at NYC Langone Health's vaccines centre. Dr. Parikh is a clinical instructor of medicine and pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.


Dr. Parikh is widely published and has spoken at medical meetings on national and international levels. She is active in several major medical associations, including the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Thoracic Society, the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, the World Association for Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders and the America College of Physicians, where she sits on the health and public policy committee.


What we cover in this episode

  • Understanding herd immunity.

  • What are mRNA vaccines, how do they work and when did they first get developed.

  • Can people with food allergies get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

  • Could you be allergic to the protein that the mRNA is producing?

  • The side effects of the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine.

  • Why you should get the Covid-19 Vaccine.

  • Why the vaccine is in two does.

  • Differences and similarities with data for Moderna and Pfizer/Biotech vaccines.

  • What does the vaccine rollout look like?

  • What are the other vaccines being developed?

  • Why are people skeptical about vaccines?

  • Can pregnant and lactating women get vaccinated?

  • You can get the flu vaccine with an egg allergy.

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