Avoiding alcohol is not only a recommendation for those who receive the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus, it applies to all covid-19 vaccines. But abstention would not be strictly necessary for several weeks like the recommendations issued by authorities in Russia.
Drinking alcohol after receiving a coronavirus vaccine can significantly mitigate the immune response and potentially make the vaccine ineffective, notes prominent scientist Alexander Gintsburg to New Scientist.
Abstention for three days
Gintsburg is head of the Gamaleya National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, expresses that “it is highly recommended to abstain from alcohol during three days after each injection ”.
The Russian scientist states that it is important to understand that excessive alcohol consumption can reduce the effectiveness of vaccination or even make it meaningless. Note that this does not apply not only for Sputnik V, but also for any other vaccine.
At the moment, Pfizer he has not issued any warning about alcohol consumption associated with the vaccine he has developed with BioNTech. AstraZeneca He did not respond to New Scientist’s request for information on alcohol and vaccination.
He Moderate alcohol consumption can alter the immune system in the short term. Previous studies the COVID-19 pandemic show that between two hours and five hours after having 4 to 5 drinks, the immune systems become less active than when you are sober.
He excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a lower frequency of lymphocytes and a increased risk of bacterial and viral infections, refers to an analysis by the University of California-Riverside.
Too much alcohol is an immunosuppressant, so people who drink a lot are more susceptible to infections, says immunologist Eleanor Riley from the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Mayo Clinic notes that drinking too much alcohol on a single occasion or over time may cause a weakened immune system. “Excessive alcohol consumption can make it difficult for your body to resist disease, which increases the risk of contracting various diseases, especially pneumonia.”
“There is no doubt that chronic excess alcohol has a significant impact on many aspects of immunity although unclear is whether a small amount would have a significant effect. Different countries could end up giving different orientations”, Says Paul Klenerman of the University of Oxford to New Scientist.
You may want to be cautious and avoid alcohol as suggested by some scientists after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
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