COVID-19 is still around.  While most of us have learned to live with this virus, many people with epilepsy may still be anxious about avoiding COVID-19 because of the impact becoming ill may have on their epilepsy.

For latest updates on COVID-19 vaccinations and other relevant information check out reliable sources only such as NHS Inform in Scotland and the Scottish Government website

Are you more at risk of catching COVID-19 if you have epilepsy?

There is no evidence that you are more likely to catch COVID-19 because you have epilepsy, unless you have other underlying health conditions which may compromise your immune system.  Epilepsy itself does not affect your immune system.

Does COVID-19 put me at a higher risk of complications?

A study published in the British Medical Journal has shown that people with epilepsy are at a slightly increased risk of complications if they are infected with COVID-19.  The study found that people with epilepsy are slightly more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 than the general population.

COVID-19 vaccines – are they safe for people with epilepsy?

All COVID-19 vaccines have to go through a rigorous approval process by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) for safety and effectiveness.  The Association of British Neurologists have stressed that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with neurological conditions, including epilepsy.

Given the slightly higher risk of complications for people with epilepsy if infected with COVID-19, the safest way to protect yourself is by getting vaccinated.

Vaccine side effects

COVID-19 vaccines, similar to the flu vaccine, can have side effects for a brief period such as a headache, tiredness or running a temperature.

If this is a potential trigger for your seizures, take extra care after getting the COVID-19 vaccine and make sure you get plenty of rest, stay well hydrated and seek medical advice if necessary.  If you have any specific concerns about how the COVID-19 vaccine may affect you, contact your epilepsy specialist nurse or your neurologist.

Have a look at our Epilepsy and COVID-19 factsheet for more detailed information.  We constantly update this to provide you with the latest information on COVID-19 relevant to people with epilepsy. 


Our helpline 0808 800 2200 is always here for you to listen, answer any questions or signpost you to someone else.

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