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Nurse encountering anaphylaxis after Covid-19 vaccination recovers

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HCMC – A Danang Hospital nurse, who suffered from an anaphylactic reaction following her first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, has recovered and discharged from the hospital after one week of treatment, the Ministry of Health said on May 18.

According to Ha Son Binh, head of the hospital’s intensive care and anti-poison unit, the nurse had no history of allergic reactions and underlying medical conditions before she received the vaccine, reported Bnews.

Three minutes after being vaccinated, she developed symptoms of anaphylaxis, shortness of breath, respiratory failure, acute pulmonary edema, heart arrhythmia and cardiac arrest. She was immediately taken into intensive care and put on a ventilator.

After 72 hours of intensive care, she was better and weaned from the ventilator steadily, while continuing to be monitored at the hospital.

Before implementing its Covid-19 inoculation program, Danang Hospital had organized training sessions on how to cope with post-vaccination reactions and guidelines for providing emergency treatment for cases of anaphylaxis.

During the program, the hospital equipped the emergency area with adequate medical equipment. It had also mapped out response plans and arranged intensive care teams in vaccination locations to monitor vaccinated people.

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