The Truth About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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As millions of vaccinations have been administered around the country, fear has begun circulating around the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine as Americans have experienced strange and scary reactions. After the vaccine was paused, the CDC and the FDA have now recommended that the J&J vaccine be resumed. Are you a senior who received the J&J vaccine? Here is what you need to know. 

J&J vaccines are back on the market and seniors have no reason to be concerned. Here’s why.

Reactions have occurred in younger people

“Reports of adverse events following the use of J&J vaccine suggest an increased risk of a rare adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). Nearly all reports of this serious condition, which involves blood clots with low platelets, have been in adult women younger than 50 years old,” said the CDC in a statement on April 25.

The CDC announced six women between the ages of 18 and 48 had developed a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a clot in the area of the brain that collects and drains oxygen-depleted blood. Johns Hopkins explained that when this happens, “blood cells may break and leak blood into the brain tissues, forming a hemorrhage.”

Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis affects about five people in 1 million each year occurring mostly in young adults and children. Out of nearly 7 million people who’ve received the J&J vaccine, there have been reports of six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, according to the CDC, of which one of those people died.

Symptoms of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) include:

  • Severe headache that does not go away
  • Significant abdominal pain that does not subside
  • Leg pain that does not subside
  • Increasing shortness of breath

Note: Health officials advise those who experience these reactions to the J&J vaccine to call their doctor immediately.

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