Regardless of age: when can reactions be more violent? “People who have gone through an infection already have a pre-trained immune system that is activated by the vaccination and means that they are more likely to feel the effects,” says virologist Lukas Weseslindtner, MedUni Vienna. It is important to distinguish between vaccine reactions and – very rarely reported – side effects. The former can be expected and will disappear within a few days. Side effects, on the other hand, are harmful and unintended consequences according to the BASG. However, it must be clarified in each individual case whether the symptoms are related to the vaccination at all.
Can I be vaccinated if I have an allergy? Yes, emphasizes Schmitzberger. “Normal” allergy sufferers, such as house dust or pollen, as well as people with food intolerances usually don’t have to worry at all. Allergic reactions are checked very carefully during vaccinations. “Caution is advised in the case of proven incompatibilities to ingredients. “In the event of an unexpected allergic reaction, you should stay in the ordination for about half an hour after the vaccination.” Such allergic reactions are very rare. In Austria there have so far been 34 reported cases – of almost 700,000 vaccinations – of an allergic reaction close to the vaccination.