“Dosage of vaccine first decreases immunity, later it builds immunity, so there is a high risk of attack for one who vaccinated during periods. (sic),” the message reads.
Several social media users have shared the viral image with similar claims on Twitter and the archived tweets can be viewed here and here. The Quint received multiple queries on the claim being made in the viral image on its WhatsApp tipline.
The viral message makes several claims on immunity, it’s link with periods, and impact of vaccination while one is close to the menstrual cycle. Let’s analyse the claims one by one.
CLAIM 1: IMPACT OF VACCINATION ON IMMUNITY DURING PERIODS
We spoke to gynaecologists who completely rubbished the claims being made in the viral message.
Dr Munjaal Kapadia, gynaecologist at Namaha Hospital said:
Dr Anjila Aneja, gynaecologist at Fortis La-Femme, too reiterated this and added, “There is no problem if a woman takes vaccine during, after and before periods unless she is planning for a baby. Don’t withhold your vaccination because of this.”
We also spoke to Dr Suvarna Rai, consultant gynaecologist at SLG Hospitals who called it a myth.