COVID Vaccine
Nevada Reed, M.D

Doc talks COVID Vaccine

COVID Vaccine
Nevada Reed, M.D

Doc talks COVID Vaccine

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I’ve been asked by many of my patients and friends about my thoughts on COVID vaccination. Before I received Moderna shot #1, I reviewed all the evidence carefully. After doing so, my advice to my patients is to get the vaccine when they can! The vaccine is important to those with underlying medical conditions, including seizures, heart and lung disease, mobility limitations, obesity, diabetes, and more. After reading the original papers (list below), I feel confident in the data and mRA technology, which is safer in many ways than traditional vaccines!

It’s okay to have questions

New medical interventions can seem scary! Add to that the lack of full FDA approval (just on emergency authorization), the general stress of our pandemic environment, and the worried feelings are understandable!

New COVID Vaccine, but well-studied technology

Having said that, the mRNA technology used in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine has been studied for years, which is why it was able to be produced so quickly.

Debunking COVID Vaccine Myths

  1. You CAN get the vaccine if you have allergies to oral medications, foods, bees, or environmental allergens – even with a history of anaphylaxis. Only those with a history of allergic reactions to injectables (IV contrast, shots) must be more cautious. The rate for anaphylaxis is 11 per 1,000,000 covid vaccines given (0.001%).
  2. The covid vaccine is NOT linked to infertility. This article has a clear, concise explanation.

Trust in the science!

Many medication recommendations sound scary – chemo, open heart surgery – but we trust the science. I feel we should do the same now with the covid vaccine.

I hope this information is helpful to you!

Read the research for yourself:


About the Author

Nevada Reed, M.D., is an ABPN board certified pediatric neurologist. She completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine. She finished her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Reed has over twenty years of expertise in treating children and young adults with a variety of neurological diagnoses. She is an advocate for children with autism spectrum disorders on the state and local level. She has additional expertise in the areas of movement disorders, language regression, and ADD/ADHD. She also treats many children with seizures, headaches, anxiety and OCD. Dr. Reed has served on the Ohio Autism Taskforce (appointed by Governor Taft) and on the Advisory Board for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence disabilities (OCALI). She has been the primary investigator for several autism research projects. She is active in the American Academy of Neurology and has completed the Practice Leadership Program. She participated in AAN’s Neurology on the Hill to consult with House members and Senators about the unique needs of children with developmental disabilities. She serves on a AAN Mentorship Committee to develop mentorship opportunities in neurology for students of all ages. Dr. Reed enjoys treating children with a variety of neurologic needs and believes that family involvement is essential for the best medical care. She is married and has four children.

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