I take drugs recreationally. I have a friend who is addicted to opiates. Is the vaccine safe for us?

Question: 

I take drugs recreationally. I have a friend who is addicted to opiates. Is the vaccine safe for us?

Answer: 

Yes. Using illegal substances does not make the vaccine unsafe, however it may mean that your body doesn’t make as many antibodies as wanted. The vaccine is unsafe only for a small number of people with severe allergies to parts of the vaccine.

 

When it’s time for your appointment though, we recommend that you aren’t high. This is not because of a vaccine safety concern but because the healthcare provider needs your informed consent before giving vaccines. Drugs may impair (lessen) your ability to fully understand the health information and ask questions.

 

Many adults feel a bit nervous about immunization appointments. Here are some things you can do before, during, and after the immunization appointment that can help make immunizations easier and less stressful.

 
Date last reviewed: 
Monday, Aug 02, 2021