Flu shots, B12 vitamins, scoliosis


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Dr. Bob Cassady of the South Bend Clinic joins us weekly on 16 News Now at noon to answer your medical questions.

Question #1 (from Debra): “How long after getting COVID should someone wait to get a flu shot?”

DR. BOB: The health care community has a lot of experience in administering several vaccines at the same time.

When we give infants vaccines, they often receive a few shots containing vaccines against more than five different organisms.

CDC guidelines recommend administering COVID vaccines independently of the administration of other vaccines. So the general understanding would be that you might get the flu shot and the COVID shot at the same time.

Since the COVID vaccines were more recently developed and there is no specific time when you need to get the COVID vaccine and the flu vaccine, it would be reasonable to space them out by a week or two.

If you think you can’t follow up, it may be best to get them the same day.

Question #2 (from Shauna): “My friend has started taking vitamin B12 every day and has lost a lot of weight. Is it a coincidence, or do these pills actually help with weight loss? »

DR. BOB: Vitamin B12 is a very important vitamin for our health.

For people who eat a varied diet of fruits, grains, and meats, deficiency is rare. I am not aware of vitamin B12 supplementation in people without B12 deficiency influencing weight loss.

It is possible that if someone is deficient and they start taking B12, they will feel better, which will help them exercise more and follow a diet to lose weight.

However, I would generally not recommend taking B12 for the sole purpose of weight loss.

Question #3 (from Erin): I have scoliosis and I also have a sciatic nerve down my left leg. Are the two related and is there anything I can do to ease the pain?

DR. BOB: Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It is common and varies in severity.

Most people only have a mild curvature, while some people may have a moderate or severe case. Scoliosis can increase the risk of chronic back pain or problems like sciatica.

For most people, we would treat this problem the same as if you didn’t have scoliosis. Treatment for sciatica is usually physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.

If some had severe scoliosis, different surgical options may be considered to treat back pain.


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