Question by ARDS Survivor Jim, January 1, 2021
I am a 55 year old ARDS survivor, who has some medical issues that have plagued me since my hospitalization ten years ago… how important it to to get this new Covid-19 vaccine, and should I try to get it sooner because of my medical history?
Yes, you should get vaccinated. It’s more important for an ARDS survivor to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because there may be some loss of lung function after recovery from ARDS. If so, then recovering from COVID-19 pneumonia could be more difficult than in someone who never had ARDS. Comorbidities (pulmonary and extrapulmonary) that are sequelae of ARDS/critical illness episode may increase risk with COVID as well.., and you should just follow their local prioritization system. However, a general history of ARDS will probably not by itself put a patient into a special priority category.
Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
and Medical Ethics and Humanities
University of Utah School of Medicine
Director, Center for Humanizing Critical Care (http://bit.ly/HumanICU)
Assistant Director, Critical Care Echocardiography Service
Intermountain Medical Center
Shock Trauma ICU
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Murray, Utah 84107
Professor of Medicine| Senior Scientist
Director of Critical Care Research| University of Toronto
Director| The RECOVER Program
Critical Care and Respiratory Medicine
University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
Roy Brower, MD
Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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