💉 Dr. Friedman: COVID-19 Vaccine Third Shots vs Booster Shots

Dr. Friedman is getting a lot of emails on booster shots versus third shots. Third shots are for immuno-compromised patients that the FDA is recommending for a small group of patients The FDA also has the intention to soon make booster doses widely available to all healthy individuals. I am writing to clarify the difference between booster shots and third doses.

Third Doses for Immuno-Compromised Patients
The purpose of a third dose of mRNA vaccine is to give immuno-compromised patients the same level of protection that two doses provide someone who has a normal immune system.
It is recommended that the following people get a third dose

  • Been receiving cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Been diagnosed with moderate or severe immunodeficiency conditions (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • An advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Been under active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (> 20 mg of prednisone or 100 mg of hydrocortisone) or other drugs that may suppress immune response

Dr. Friedman thinks it is unlikely that any of his patients have these conditions.
Patients with Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s, diabetes or thyroid disorders do not qualify.

In contrast, a Booster Dose is for Patients With Healthy Immune Systems
A booster dose—which is different from a third dose for immuno-compromised patients—is for healthy patients and is meant to enhance immunity and may protect against new variants of the virus. The Biden administration has announced that it intends to make booster doses available for people with healthy immune systems in September 2021, after they are authorized or approved by the FDA. This has not happened yet, but when it happens, Dr. Friedman would encourage his patients to get it.

Dr. Friedman is expecting a booster shot against the Delta variant to be released in the fall of 2021 and would recommend that for his patients.
Dr. Friedman wishes everyone to stay healthy.

🔵 New on the Message Boards ~ July 29, 2017

 

A quick summary of some of this week’s activity on the Cushing’s Help message boards.

 

The Guest Questions have returned on a trial basis.  At the moment, new guest questions are not moderated.  Guests may ask for information and (hopefully!) board members will answer.

There is one question so far on How to search the boards?

A New Introduction at Jasmine, Possible Cushie, Stressed Beyond Belief!

More on an insurance issue in Dr F Update

Just for fun, I’ve added other images to Announcements, Questions About How These Boards Work? and Introduce Yourself to help newcomers find their way.

Information about A Phase III Study of Osilodrostat to Treat Cushing’s Disease

A long-time board member reports that she is Cured! No Surgery 🙂

The ups and downs of Blood Pressure

There’s other stuff happening but you’ll just have to read the boards to find out what!

(Please note that I’m sharing these from the Cushings-Help.com message boards. You must be a logged-in member of that board to read them. Log in or register at http://cushings.invisionzone.com )

Please join us!

 

The MAGIC Foundation’s Annual Adult Convention

Lots of Cushies go to this meeting. Dr. Theodore Friedman (Dr. F) will be one of the speakers.

The MAGIC Foundation’s Annual Adult Convention

July 21 – 24, 2016

Program

Download the 2016 Convention Program by Clicking Here.

Location

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 719-8000

Hotel Room Rates and Reservations

$104 per night ($115.44 with tax) All rooms have refrigerators!! A limited number of roll-a-ways and cribs are available at no cost so if you need one be sure to request one when making your hotel reservation. To make hotel reservations call the Westin at 888-627-9031, and mention The MAGIC Foundation guest room block, or book online at:https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1602112093&key=3A0B99EE

Airline Transportation

Please contact your local travel agent or search the internet for the most reasonable price. Be sure to search often and book early as great fares sometimes become available. The airport of choice is O’Hare (ORD) which is located closer to the hotel. Midway (MDW) is in Chicago also but a distance from the hotel. Please read “hotel transportation” below before booking a flight to Midway.

Hotel Transportation

Free shuttle service is provided by Windy City Limo’s to the Westin Lombard from O’Hare Airport only! The shuttle schedule is as follows: O’Hare Airport to the Westin – Thursday – 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm Westin to O’Hare Airport – Sunday – Pickups at 8 am, 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm Shuttle buses will have a MAGIC sign in the window and will pick up at the following O’Hare locations: Terminal 1, Door 1G * Terminal 2, Door 2E * Terminal 3, Door 3G * Int’l Terminal, Door 5E Pick up will be in the middle aisle when you exit the doors from baggage claim. If you are unable to find the shuttle, you can contact Windy City at 866-949-4639. You may choose to arrive at Midway Airport but there is no free transportation available and a taxi will cost approximately $40.

NOTE: If you use a power wheelchair/scooter or other device which cannot be folded and need wheelchair accessible transportation, you can contact Special Needs Chicago at (630) 668-9999 or visit their website to make arrangements online, specialneedschicago.org

Register here: https://www.magicfoundation.org/annual-adult-convention/