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Can the COVID vaccine give you herpes?

It's become an inflammatory issue.


Nahila Bonfiglio


Published Apr 21, 2021   Updated Apr 21, 2021, 1:21 pm CDT

From our friends at Nautilus.

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A recent paper published in Oxford Academic publication Rheumatology is generating concern over the possibility that the COVID-19 vaccine can cause herpes. The paper linked six female patients who developed “herpes zoster infections” after the vaccine, and according to Forbes, it inflamed concerns of a connection between the two. 

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However, none of the approved COVID-19 vaccines are likely to give you herpes. The paper causing this new conspiracy theory to rise was published after scientists in Israel noted six female patients who developed herpes zoster infections, aka shingles, within 3-14 days after receiving a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

Herpes tends to be broadly stigmatized, particularly by those who paint this viral family with a broad brush. The herpes virus comes in many different forms, from exceedingly common cold sores and genital herpes to chicken pox and the aforementioned shingles. 

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*First Published: Apr 21, 2021, 1:20 pm CDT