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COVID-19 vaccines seem safe, generally well tolerated in rheumatic, musculoskeletal diseases


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Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Reuters Health - 24/01/2022 - SARS-CoV-2 vaccination seems safe in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease patients, and likely to trigger flares in less than 5% of cases, a registry study shows. "Our findings should provide reassurance to rheumatologists, other health professionals and vaccine recipients, and promote confidence in the safety of COVID-19 vaccination in people with inflammatory rheumatic diseases," Dr. Pedro Machado of University College London told Reuters Health by email. "While the study was not aimed at identifying predictors of flare in patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases, we observed a low flare rate, particularly severe flares (0.6%)," he noted. "The percentage of flares was slightly higher in patients with moderate/high disease activity (5.2%) compared with patients in remission/low disease activity, raising the possibility of an association between higher disease activity and higher flare rate." "However, it is important to no...


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