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NMHS lead doctor provides info about monoclonal antibodies

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NMHS lead doctor provides info about monoclonal antibodies

Dr. Jeremy Blanchard is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS). Photo Date: Nov. 18, 2020.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeremy Blanchard provided information on Monday about the use of monoclonal antibodies in COVID-19 treatment.

According to the FDA, monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful antigens such as viruses.

Blanchard released the following information:

Vaccinated or not, there is still a risk of getting infected with COVID-19, especially with the new Delta variant. The good news is monoclonal antibodies can be given to you if you test positive for COVID-19 and help protect you from getting seriously ill. Here is what you need to know:

  • If you suspect you might have COVID-19, vaccinated or not, please contact your provider.
  • If you have COVID-19 and seek help early, you may quality for monoclonal antibodies – and they can really help prevent you from getting severely ill.
  • This service is available by referral at NMHS locations in Tupelo, Amory, Eupora, Iuka, and West Point, Mississippi and Hamilton, Alabama.
  • Monoclonal antibody treatment may help limit the amount of virus in the body. This may help your symptoms improve sooner and reduce your need to go into the hospital. This treatment is for individuals age 12 and older or those who have risk factors for severe infection.

Treatment is effective when given early, but certain criteria must be met. Not everyone will qualify for nor benefit from monoclonal antibodies. Only your provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) can determine if you are eligible for this treatment.

North Mississippi Health Services has been designated as a COVID-19 Center of Excellence by the Mississippi State Department of Health for its commitment to three efforts: vaccination, treatment and access.

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