Critical Knowledge for Antibody Testing, Medication Interference and Immunocompromised Individuals
As of today, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all American adults have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and more than 84 million, about one third of all adults in the United States, are fully vaccinated. Now, everyone 16 years of age and older is eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccine to help stop the pandemic.
To ensure that your vaccine is working here are a few things to know about your body’s ability to build antibodies:
Antibody testing shows if an individual has immunity to Covid-19. In a recent report, after the completion of the Pfizer vaccination (2 doses), antibodies are seen for at least six months or longer. It is a good idea to test for antibodies after six months to confirm your immunity status.
Post Covid-19 Vaccine
Medication can negatively impact efficacy of the vaccine. Individuals should avoid taking steroids or other immunosuppressants before and especially after vaccination. These medications will interfere with the immune response and building of Covid-19 antibodies.
Immunocompromised individuals need to check-in with their primary doctor about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. Most immunocompromised patients will not mount an immune response and produce antibodies to combat infections or diseases as T and B cells may be suppressed.
These are just a few tips regarding the efficacy of your Covid-19 vaccine. To learn more, Dr. Janine Darby of Lifestyle Changes is available to offer highly personalized, concierge primary care to address each patient’s underlying conditions and medication management.
Yours in health,