Native docs urge Wisconsinites to get vaccinated even they’ve had COVID-19 | WUWM 89.7 FM

Some conservatives are once more selling the concept that if you happen to’ve had COVID-19, you might have constructed up pure immunity and should not have to be vaccinated.

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, who examined constructive for the coronavirus final yr, has been selling the immunity concept for months.

This is what Johnson informed information reporters about COVID-19 in August:

“I already had it. So, I am 13 extra immune — 13 occasions extra immune — than anyone vaccinated.”

Two docs from the in depth well being care system, Advocate Aurora Well being, say that line of considering is unsuitable. Raul Mendoza is a pulmonologist skilled for Aurora in Inexperienced Bay.

Mendoza stated science tells us that “immunity fades relatively shortly, and the anti-bodies don’t disappear however change into weak, and because the mutants simply are available, then the probabilities for re-infection are fairly excessive. Nonetheless, if there’s a earlier COVID an infection and we resolve to go for a vaccine, the hybrid immunity — the mix of pure immunity, plus vaccination — will defend significantly better than the rest.”

Screenshot taken by Chuck Quirmbach

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Dr. Raul Mendoza, of Advocate Aurora Well being

Dr. Robert Citronberg is Advocate Aurora’s govt medical director of Infectious Illness and Prevention. Citronberg stated if you happen to’ve had COVID-19 and recovered, you possibly can probably wait as much as three months for vaccination.

“The chance of getting re-infected in that fast post-COVID interval is sort of low, however as Dr. Mendoza identified, the only most sturdy immunity you could obtain is by being vaccinated after you’ve got had COVID. That is the gravy,” Citronberg stated.

Citronberg spoke as Advocate Aurora, which serves Wisconsin and Illinois, reported a 100% improve in COVID-19 hospitalizations over roughly the final 30 days. The Wisconsin Hospital Affiliation stated statewide greater than 1,700 persons are within the hospital with the illness that has killed about 9,400 in Wisconsin.

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