Management of anaphylaxis due to COVID-19 vaccines in the elderly.

  • Allergy and Clinical Immunology
April 02, 2021 By:
  • Bousquet J
  • Agache I
  • Blain H
  • Jutel M
  • Ventura MT
  • Worm M
  • Del Giacco S
  • Benetos A
  • Bilo MB
  • Czarlewski W
  • Abdul Latiff AH
  • Al-Ahmad M
  • Angier E
  • Annesi-Maesano I
  • Atanaskovic-Markovic M
  • Bachert C
  • Barbaud A
  • Bedbrook A
  • Bennoor KS
  • Berghea EC
  • Bindslev-Jensen C
  • Bonini S
  • Bosnic-Anticevich S
  • Brockow K
  • Brussino L
  • Camargos P
  • Canonica GW
  • Cardona V
  • Carreiro-Martins P
  • Carriazo A
  • Casale T
  • Caubet JC
  • Cecchi L
  • Cherubini A
  • Christoff G
  • Chu DK
  • Cruz AA
  • Dokic D
  • El-Gamal Y
  • Ebisawa M
  • Eberlein B
  • Farrell J
  • Fernandez-Rivas M
  • Fokkens WJ
  • Fonseca JA
  • Gao Y
  • Gavazzi G
  • Gawlik R
  • Gelincik A
  • Gemicioglu B
  • Gotua M
  • Guerin O
  • Haahtela T
  • Hoffmann-Sommergruber K
  • Hoffmann HJ
  • Hofmann M
  • Hrubisko M
  • lenaIllario M
  • Irani C
  • Ispayeva Z
  • Ivancevich JC
  • Julge K
  • Kaidashev I
  • Khaitov M
  • Knol E
  • Kraxner H
  • Kuna P
  • Kvedariene V
  • Lauerma A
  • Le LT
  • Le Moing V
  • Levin M
  • Louis R
  • Lourenco O
  • Mahler V
  • Martin FC
  • Matucci A
  • Milenkovic B
  • Miot S
  • Montella E
  • Morais-Almeida M
  • Mortz CG
  • Mullol J
  • Namazova-Baranova L
  • Neffen H
  • Nekam K
  • Niedoszytko M
  • Odemyr M
  • O'Hehir RE
  • Okamoto Y
  • Ollert M
  • Palomares O
  • Papadopoulos NG
  • Panzner P
  • Passalacqua G
  • Patella V
  • Petrovic M
  • Pfaar O
  • Pham-Thi N
  • Plavec D
  • Popov TA
  • Recto MT
  • Regateiro FS
  • Reynes J
  • Roller-Winsberger RE
  • Rolland Y
  • Romano A
  • Rondon C
  • Rottem M
  • Rouadi PW
  • Salles N
  • Samolinski B
  • Santos AF
  • Serpa FS
  • Sastre J
  • Schols J
  • Scichilone N
  • Sediva A
  • Shamji MH
  • Sheikh A
  • Skypala I
  • Smolinska S
  • Sokolowska M
  • Sousa-Pinto B
  • Sova M
  • Stelmach R
  • Sturm G
  • Suppli Ulrik C
  • Todo-Bom AM
  • Toppila-Salmi S
  • Tsiligianni I
  • Torres M
  • Untersmayr E
  • Urrutia Pereira M
  • Valiulis A
  • Vitte J
  • Vultaggio A
  • Wallace D
  • Walusiak-Skorupa J
  • Wang DY
  • Waserman S
  • Yorgancioglu A
  • Yusuf OM
  • Zernotti M
  • Zidarn M
  • Chivato T
  • Akdis CA
  • Zuberbier T
  • Klimek L.

Older adults, especially men and/or those with diabetes, hypertension and/or obesity, are prone to severe COVID-19. In some countries, older adults, particularly those residing in nursing homes, have been prioritised to receive COVID-19 vaccines due to high risk of death. In very rare instances,the COVID-19 vaccines can induce anaphylaxis, and the management of anaphylaxis in older people should be considered carefully. An ARIA-EAACI-EuGMS (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and European Geriatric Medicine Society)Working Group has proposed some recommendations for older adults receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. Anaphylaxis to COVID-19 vaccines is extremely rare (from 1 per 100,000 to 5 per million injections). Symptoms are similar in younger and older adults but they tend to be more severe in the older patients. Adrenaline is the mainstay treatment and should be readily available. A flowchart is proposed to manage anaphylaxis in the older patients.

2021 Apr. Allergy. Online ahead of print.
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