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COVID-19 mRNA vaccination benefits outweigh the risk for myocarditis

Presented By
Prof. Biykem Bozkurt, Baylor College of Medicine Houston, USA

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Conference
AHA 2021
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are linked to an increased risk of myocarditis, especially in young males. However, the risk is small and mRNA vaccine-related myocarditis is predominantly mild and self-limited. The evidence to date shows that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Prof. Biykem Bozkurt (Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX, USA) discussed the evidence to date regarding COVID-19 vaccination and the occurrence of myocarditis [1]. Each year, 10–20 per 100,000 individuals are diagnosed with myocarditis, mostly affecting young males. Post-vaccination myocarditis has been reported as a rare event following smallpox, influenza, or other vaccinations [2]. Initial reports of myocarditis after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination demonstrated myocarditis rates of 1 in 100,000 vaccinated individuals [3]. The reported risk in young individuals (16–30 years) is higher, with approximately 1 case of myocarditis in 20,000 vaccinated individuals. Young males ...


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