Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Ask the Doctor”: a well-known immunologist told about the peculiarities of vaccination in case of chronical diseases

The COVID pandemic is still present and this leads to tension among the society, thus creating various guesses about the disease and vaccination. This is the reason why Rinat Akhmetov Foundation continues to broadcast “Ask the Doctor” live programs. The live streaming is a part of the “Fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine” project that became the part of the “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives” program.

Ask-the-Doctor represents weekly online meetings with Ukrainian leading medical experts. The recent guest of the project was an immunologist, Associate Professor of the Department of Dermatovenerology, Allergology, Clinical and Laboratory Immunology of the P.L. Shupyk Ukrainian National Institute of Healthcare, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Leading Immunologist of the National Medical Chamber of Ukraine, Oleg Nazar.

The immunologist said that the epepilepsy should not be seen as a reluctance for vaccination. Moreover, the coronavirus can bring more harm to the people that suffer this disease.

– “If you have autoimmune or neurological diseases, you can be vaccinated following certain conditions that your family doctor or immunologist will identify. Rather often, after a viral infection, including the coronavirus, I detect that the cerebral vessels have been affected. Neurological and psychiatric diseases become aggravated. The condition of the patient is getting worse,” Oleg Nazarov said.

The expert pointed out that people who suffer cancer can also be vaccinated, however, they should have supportive treatment in order for the vaccine to be beneficial. Oleg Nazarov also highlighted that breastfeeding women are no exception too.

– “The vaccines against Coronavirus contain only certain components of it and therefore are safe. They are specially intended for broad vaccination and do not cause relapses,” the doctor said.

Oleg Nazarov additionally explained what means the period of “immune silence”, and also told about a negative effect to the body during this time.

– “It represents an interval between the time when you got the vaccine and first specific antibodies emerged. It usually lasts from one to two weeks. And during this period, even a vaccinated person can get sick with both COVID or other infections. Therefore, we recommend taking the medicine that stimulate the immune system. Nutritional supplements and vitamins would also be not extra,” said the immunologist.

He also mentioned that post-COVID syndrome might develop itself in different ways: coughing, weakness, and other afflictions that may be present within one year. However, if you have no temperature and your blood test is within the normal range, you should be vaccinated. In single cases, even a third vaccination may be needed.

As of today, already 50 TV broadcasts of Ask-the-Doctor project went out that covered 20 million viewers at the digital platforms of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. Among the experts of live streaming were such well-known specialists as Boris Todurov, a Cardiac Surgeon; Yekaterina Amosova, a Cardiologist, corresponding member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, member of the European Society of Cardiology; Oleg Chaban, a Psychiatrist, Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor; Sergey Dubrov, the President of the Association of Anesthesiologists of Ukraine and others.

You can watch videos of these broadcasts with the experienced practitioners at The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s Facebook page, as well as on YouTube.