Risks associated with the end-of-year celebrations? Mix boosters? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID Questions – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr Mallika Marshall answers your medical questions related to the coronavirus vaccine. If you have any question, send him an email or message him on Facebook or Twitter.

Dr. Mallika offers his best advice, but as always, consult your personal physician before making any decisions regarding your personal health.

Can two family members who are positive isolate themselves together? What if someone who is fully vaccinated and boosted without symptoms tests positive, how long does he or she self-isolate? – Evelyne

Yes. If two family members test positive at the same time, they should be able to isolate themselves together. Anyone who tests positive, whether vaccinated or not, should self-isolate for 10 full days.

Friends have their annual Christmas party with over 25 people. I’m going to have knee replacement surgery the following Monday. I was fully vaccinated and boosted. Is it safe for me to attend this party? – Karen

This is such a difficult question to answer because you are going to have to weigh the risks against the benefits. I would hate if you were exposed right before you had to have surgery. But if you feel comfortable that everyone at the party is vaccinated and boosted and has a very low risk of getting infected, this is something you might decide is worth the risk. .

My daughter had a bad reaction after her second injection of Moderna with fever, chills and body aches. She is nervous about getting the booster even if it is half the dose. Should she take Pfizer instead? -Mimi

I’m sorry she had these side effects. It is difficult to predict if she would have the same side effects with the Moderna booster at a lower dose. She can certainly consider getting a Pfizer booster instead. As a precaution, tell her to take a day or two after the booster she receives and to rest, hydrate, and take over-the-counter pain relievers or fever reducers if she has similar side effects.

I received the J&J vaccine and was due for my booster this week, but got COVID last week. Should I still receive a reminder? That would then be three different substances in my body with the potential for more variations and more boosters down the road. – Brittany

I think you can wait a bit before you get a booster, but you should probably get it within three months of your infection. It is not known whether a previous infection with Delta (likely the strain you contracted) will offer protection against the Omicron variant (which will soon be the dominant strain in the United States), but the booster shots should provide additional protection.

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