Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisers said Wednesday that there is a “likely association” between covid vaccines and an inflammatory heart condition in some younger individuals.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices presented the findings during a meeting with infectious disease doctors and other medical experts.
Pfizer -BioNTech and Moderna’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccines have a likely link on rare heart inflammatory conditions in adolescents and young adults called myocarditis and pericarditis.
“Clinical presentation of myocarditis cases following vaccination has been distinct, occurring most often within one week after dose two, with chest pain as the most common presentation,” said Dr. Grace Lee, chair of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle while pericarditis is the inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.
The CDC’s presentation mentioned that around 1,200 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis after receiving mRNA vaccines have been reported to a federal vaccine safety database as of June 11.
The CDC’s adviser noted that the benefits of being vaccinated still “clearly outweigh” the risks.
CDC officials are still gathering further data to fully understand the potential risks, how to manage them and whether there are any long-term issues.
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