Should I be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite histamine intolerance? This blog post has put me in the realm of writer’s block for the first time in my career as a journalist. The coronavirus vaccination issue is emotionally charged and is being discussed in the media, especially on social media, in an incredibly undifferentiated way and with frighteningly false arguments. Fears are being played on, false information is being deliberately spread and, worst of all, false information is also being spread unintentionally.
nmi-Portal Study on the tolerability of the corona vaccination.
Because let’s be honest: how many of us are virologists or vaccination specialists? Who even knew words like “virologist”, “mRNA” or “rapid antigen test” before the coronavirus pandemic? As a biologist, I have to admit that I knew these terms, but I wasn’t familiar with them. Because there’s a whole world between having heard something at university and knowing your way around.
I don’t want to talk about the pros and cons in this article, explain the vaccinations or explain the mechanism of the mRNA vaccination method. Today I am concerned with something else:
Histamine intolerance and the corona vaccination. Is that safe?
Various social media outlets are currently buzzing with the spectre that patients with histamine intolerance should not be vaccinated against coronavirus, as this could cause serious damage or they would “certainly react to this vaccination with anaphylactic shock”. But is that the case? Or are ignorant, fear-filled people with no medical background once again ranting here?
As I am not an expert in this field myself, I contacted various doctors and biologists who are experts in this field. On the one hand, experts in histamine intolerance, and on the other, experts in vaccinations. I also contacted Biontech, the manufacturer of the currently approved vaccine, and even received a reply. I have summarized these conversations and information for you here.
Summary: Vaccinating against corona despite histamine intolerance
- Do people with histamine intolerance react more frequently and more severely to vaccinations than normal patients?
According to the Paul Ehrlich Institute’s position paper, this is probably not the case. The vaccination should be tolerated equally well. The assessment of the doctors and virologists I contacted also points in this direction. However, there is no explicit data on patients with histamine intolerance. This was not taken into account in the studies. There is also a lack of practical data.
- Is there anything to consider with coronavirus vaccines for people with histamine intolerance?
If you have ever suffered an anaphylactic shock – regardless of why this happened – you should refrain from vaccination at this time. It is better to vaccinate later when more data is available…