Dr. Veerabhadra Guptha K, Consultant - Nephrology, Aster RV Hospital
By Dr. Veerabhadra Guptha K, Senior Consultant, Nephrology, Aster RV Hospital
According to reports, there are about 1 crore people in India suffering from chronic kidney disease. Kidney patients are more likely to show severe symptoms from the Covid-19 virus due to lower immunity caused by their disease. In addition, patients with CKD have to go for dialysis sessions regularly which puts them at further risk of contracting the coronavirus; therefore it is important for these patients to take the vaccine. While there is some apprehension about taking the vaccine, patients must understand that the vaccine cannot give you Covid-19 infection and can provide some degree of protection that will help reduce the severity of the virus, if contracted. Patients who have already suffered from coronavirus illness must still go ahead and take the vaccine as we have discovered that reinfection from the virus is possible and natural immunity developed may not be sufficient to overcome the virus.
Here are some guidelines for kidney patients to take the vaccine –
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