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    Cathy and I had our first doses of Pfizer two weeks ago. Second dose is next Tuesday. Dr Villa Forte wanted me to have covid vaccine at least three weeks before my next dose of rtx. Looks like Iíll be good there.

    I had very mild soreness at the injection site for about 12 hours with the first dose. Hoping for a similar experience with dose #2.
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    Just be aware the second dose can induce a stronger reaction, very flu like for a day or two. If so, that’s a good sign, means your immune system is working against the vaccine as it should. Just plan to have a day or two off work after the second dose.
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    I had an reaction to my second injection which felt like my allergic reactions to sulfa and Z -packs antibiotics. My throat started to tighten up so I went to ER and they gave me 40 units of Solu-Medrol. I had taken 2 generic benedril and tylenol already so they didn't give me any more of those. I had to repeat the benedril during the night but the next day only had the expected headache and fatigue and sore arm which went away in a couple days. One lady I know got very ill for three days and her arm was swollen and red but most people had no problem or reactions to the shots.
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    I got my second dose of Moderna vaccine in January 28th. Had a Rituximab treatment this morning (500 units).
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    My wife and I got our second doses of Pfizer vaccine on 2/23. My wife had minimal reaction to it, but I had flu-like symptoms for about 24 hours. Feeling normal now. Next rtx is March 22.
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    Same with us. Got the second Moderna last week. I just had a sore arm, but my husband had a delayed reaction with fever, chills, aches and pains. I saw my rheumatologist today. I never fully understood how those of us on Rituxin are for high risk terminal COVID. Just as I was starting to feel safe she gave me the percentage. It would be up to your own rheumatologist to share what they want with you. The Rituxin works for my GPA, so I guess it is six of one, half dozen of the other. I will be getting my next infusion in 2;1/2 weeks. The jury is still out on how effective the vaccine is with us. She said not to be surprised if I will be offered a booster at summer’s end. In the meantime I am to continue being sheltered, let no one in, no restaurants, shopping or travel. I do realize I am in that very small percentage of high risk, high blood pressure, high sugar due to prednisone, over 70, GPA. I am just hoping for a herd immunity. Thought the worst was over after receiving the vaccine, but now I understand it is not. More groundhog days ahead.

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    MARCH 29, 2021
    Rituximab therapy linked to more severe COVID-19 in patients with inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases: Study
    Rituximab therapy was associated with more severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among patients with inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, according to a study published in The Lancet Rheumatology.


    Between April 15 and November 20, 2020, researchers analysed data of 1,090 patients (mean age 55.2 years; 67% were female) with inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and highly suspected or confirmed COVID-19 from the French RMD COVID-19 cohort.


    Of the patients, 63 were treated with rituximab, mainly for rheumatoid arthritis (49%), antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (17%) and systemic sclerosis (11%). Of the 1,027 patients who were not treated with rituximab, a subgroup of 495 patients had diseases for which rituximab is a recognised therapeutic option.
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    I read drz post about theFrench study three times and do not understand it.

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    I think it is saying this: Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) may be more likely to acquire severe pneumonia due to COVID-19, according to a study published in the Journal of Rheumatology.1 Additionally, patients with autoimmune disease who are being treated with rituximab are especially at risk compared with the general population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by me2 View Post
    I think it is saying this: Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) may be more likely to acquire severe pneumonia due to COVID-19, according to a study published in the Journal of Rheumatology.1 Additionally, patients with autoimmune disease who are being treated with rituximab are especially at risk compared with the general population.

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