Should Myeloma Patients Get a Third Covid Shot?

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Update: I got my booster (third covid shot) last fall. I didn’t have any side effects from it, although my wife seemed pretty beat up for a day or two after hers. After my January meeting with my oncologist, I’ve learned that as a multiple myeloma patient, I’m considered immunocompromised, and they now recommend another booster for us at six months. So, I’ll be getting a fourth shot in April, because apparently my sucky immune system probably didn’t get as strong as it should have and won’t hold on to the immunity like other people do. — Good luck. May all the gods bless your care.

Here is the short, short version, copied from my Twitter feed at @arcticllama until I get time to bang out a long version.

Remember, I am NOT a doctor. I’m a myeloma patient that keeps up to date on my own care. I suggest you do the same. Consult your own doctor before undertaking any new or changed medical care. Don’t even try and blame me. This article, and all others on this website are for informational purposes only.

Third Covid Booster for Multiple Myeloma Patients

Israel got out in front of everyone with vaccines. We should be listening to them. The CDC has re-entrenched itself in bureaucracy.

Health Ministry: Most cancer patients should not get third COVID booster shot via @timesofisrael

Health Ministry: Most cancer patients should not get third COVID booster shot | The Times of Israel

With vaccine doses sitting around waiting to be used in America, you should feel no guilt about getting third booster shot of the Covid vaccine, especially if Delta is as bad as the CDC keeps saying. (If you still need a mask, then you need another vaccine.)

Just say you haven’t been vaccinated yet. Give them a fake address and then keep that third card. Done and done. When the CDC finally gets off the pot, you can use the “extra” card as your proof. – Of course, ask your doctor first. Don’t try and sue me.

BTW, as a multiple myeloma patient I already do something similar to this every year. You see studies show a benefit to getting a flu shot booster for myeloma patients. My oncologist recommends that I get that second flu shot.

Insurance won’t pay for it, so I get one with my oncologist, and roll into CVS a month later for the second and pay cash. Fortunately, none of the drug companies got their talons in the flu shot well enough to charge outrageous monopoly prices, so it usually just costs me something like $40.

That isn’t a CDC thing either, which is why insurance won’t pay for it. It will be years before anyone bothers to do enough research and publish it before the CDC recommends a second flu shot for multiple patients. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good medical advice. Check with your oncologist about this too.

The author is not a doctor. He is a multiple myeloma patient closely involved in his own care. Nothing in this article, nor any article on this website should be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician and health care team before undertaking any change in your medical care.

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