CDC Investigates If Utah Man Developed Blood Clots From J&J Vaccine

May 5, 2021, 6:20 PM | Updated: 9:26 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Utah man may soon join the very short list of people who developed blood clots after getting the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control.

Only 17 cases of the rare side effect have been reported. What’s even rarer is that the patient is a man. The Utah doctor who treated him said there are only three known cases of men who developed blood clots.

University of Utah health officials said he was vaccinated in early April.

Everything seemed fine until ten days later when pain in his legs started.

That prompted his first trip to the emergency room where doctors discovered blood clotting in his legs.

He was treated and sent home only to develop chest pain the very next day. He ended up in the emergency room at the U.

Dr. Yazan Abou-Ismail said he ran several tests and scans and discovered that the man had blood clotting in his lungs and that’s when he started to suspect this may be a case of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT.

“This is an extremely rare side effect. Every time that such a side effect is being reported it’s being transparently communicated so that we learn more about it and recognize it more quickly,” Dr. Abou-Ismail said.

After several days of treatment, the patient went home and is resting.

Concerns over blood clotting prompted the CDC to put a pause on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The shots are going into arms again here in Utah.

Doctors urged you should not hesitate to get one.

Dr. Abou-Ismail said, “We will continue to have faith in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine here at University of Utah Health because the benefits far outweigh the risks.”

When the CDC paused the shots last month nearly 7 million shots had been administered and only six cases of VITT had been identified.

That number now is 17 cases but still, a very small number compared to the many shots given.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Vaccinations

2022 FLU SHOT...
Brenda Goodman, CNN

2022 Flu vaccine appears to be a very good match, CDC says

(CNN) — This year’s flu shot appears to be “a very good match” to the circulating strains, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a news briefing Monday. However, she noted that flu vaccinations are lagging behind the pace of previous years. Through the end of October, CDC data showed […]
2 months ago
flu shot tripledemic...
Matt Rascon

KSL+: The rise of respiratory viruses and COVID’s impact

It’s not even winter yet, and the CDC is warning that the country is experiencing a resurgence of respiratory viruses, which are taking a toll on hospitals and children.
2 months ago
RSV and flu...
Deidre McPhillips, CNN

Flu season intensifies, holiday gatherings could make it worse

Americans gathered for Thanksgiving last week amid a flu season that's worse than any has been in more than a decade, and experts continue to urge caution as multiple respiratory viruses circulate at high levels nationwide.
2 months ago
Elizabeth Cohen and Naomi Thomas, CNN

COVID-19 medicine for immunocompromised patients is losing effectiveness

Judy Salins considers herself a smart, empowered patient, but until this week, she had no idea that the medicine she takes to defend herself against Covid-19 isn't protecting her as well as it used to.
3 months ago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
4 months ago
Only 50% of Utans are vaccinated and cases are surging because of the Omicron variant BA.5. FILE PH...
Jed Boal

BA.5 variant driving new surge of Utah COVID-19 cases

President Joe Biden’s positive Covid case Thursday was a sober reminder that Utah is not done fending off COVID-19 in many communities.
7 months ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
CDC Investigates If Utah Man Developed Blood Clots From J&J Vaccine