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Every week, we answer “frequently asked questions” about life during the Coronavirus crisis. If you have a question that you’d like us to consider in a future post, email us at [email protected] With subject line: “Coronavirus Weekly Questions”.
You have successfully registered a vaccine – navigating your way through your local registration process and sometimes going on a journey to find more available vaccinations of supplies. Congratulations! That’s great news, seriously – especially since no one in the world has access to a vaccine right now.
More than a year into the pandemic, the post-stab euphoria is real. More vaccinations are spinning and things are finally, slowly, (daring) starting to look.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t have any questions about COVID going forward. Our readers definitely do. Here’s what they were asking about – and what our sources have to say.
I have had my vaccination and everything hurts. Is this good? My friend got a vaccine and it had no side effects. Maybe not working with them?
First, take a look at what we’re all talking about: the side effects.
Immediately before and after vaccination, you may be thinking – as I have been doing – about the potential side effects that will accompany the COVID-19 vaccine.
In fact, it is approx content You will think about how your body will react – especially with the 15-minute observation period following the entire shot.
Side effects are a topic we’ve covered before, but as millions of others are vaccinated, questions keep arising.
Keep in mind that the side effects discussed here are not so severe that they cause the vaccination sites to close completely or lead to further studies of the viability of the vaccine as a whole. Therefore, we will not discuss more Serious side effects, For example, this led to the temporary suspension of Johnson and Johnson vaccine administration in Colorado recently – when more than 26 people experienced “negative reactions” to the vaccination, including coma. Or worry about Blood clots and AstraZeneca.
It’s the most everyday thing: according to a Harvard Medical School doctor Abrar Crane, The primary side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are those annoying flu-like symptoms that I used to be disgusted with – things like fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea, and chills. Here prof Full list One of the things to expect from the Centers for Disease Control.
In short, d. Lisa AdamsDartmouth, associate dean for global health, says you should take your body’s reaction to a vaccine as a good sign. In essence, it is evidence that your immune system is building a response to deal with future infections. Think of it like fighting a small battle to win the big war.
These side effects are likely to vary, depending on who you are and the state of your immune system. Adams explains that because a young person’s immune system is likely to be stronger than that of older adults, more severe side effects may appear. In most cases, the side effects shouldn’t be a cause for medical concern, but if you have concerns, it doesn’t hurt to call your primary care doctor if you have one to discuss.
As for when you expect the side effects to reach their peak: For the two-dose vaccine sequences, the side effects are likely to be more severe after the second dose (which, no, you shouldn’t skip them!) Maddy Sophia of NPR explains in Her podcast Short wave This is with “That first shot, your immune system is like,” Oh, hey! What is the matter? what is happening? And that second shot was like, ‘Oh, you again.’ Watch this!”
When the specific symptoms differ in following the dose from one person to another, Adams generalizes that you can expect side effects within 24 hours of the dose, and not extend them for 7 days after vaccination. For most people, a day off from work may not be necessary, although employers, Adams adds, are increasingly offering flexible options, such as more sick days, to encourage their workers to request vaccinations.
And you may need it very well. Anecdotal reports of people’s experiences after vaccination show that these are side effects Could you Punch package. (In my case, I was frustrated for nearly an entire day, bedridden with chills and a complete loss of appetite.)
Adams advises, “Don’t plan anything important for the day.”
Be sure to follow the CDC’s recommendations for medication and handling side effects. It’s not a good idea to “specialize”, as Adams describes it, or preempt the side effects of vaccines by taking anti-inflammatories such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The general concern is that painkillers will moderate the effect of vaccines, as some studies in mice have documented (more on that in Previous instructions). But it is definitely a good idea to do this after you have had the vaccine as a way to control symptoms, or if it is already part of your medically approved routine.
Oh, and if you don’t have it Which Notable side effects? As long as your vaccine is given correctly, the vaccine can still do its job. Then you are in luck!
“fact that [an individual] They have not seen a reaction that is not reason to believe that their bodies have not developed an appropriate response that would be protective, ” Jonathan Ranstadler, Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Tufts University for NPR for Previous frequently asked questions. In particular, he adds, since the tendency of our bodies to interact with the vaccine “varies a lot between individuals and the circumstances of the individual, such as where the needle entered the vaccine.” [patient’s] Arm or bullet position in the arm. ”
You’ve been double masks. I am now vaccinated. Do you still need two masks? Or even one?
In masking, Dr Lisa Adams of Dartmouth refers to the CDC’s guidance, which still recommends masking and physical distancing in some situations even after vaccination.
And she points out that no vaccines are 100% effective at stopping the spread of the disease completely. What they do, instead, is to reduce the risk of you being hospitalized or dying if you are infected. So for the sake of overall health, you should definitely maintain a masking routine.
The biggest reason to get rid of your mask fatigue? Preventing high-risk unvaccinated people from contracting COVID-19, says Dr. Abrar Karan, Harvard Medical School physician, as even individuals who have been vaccinated are still infected, show no symptoms and transmit the virus. But preliminary studies show that vaccines have the ability to reduce the risk of infection (and, by extension, transmission) itself.
Regarding How You must hide: In February, The CDC recommended double concealment to enhance protection from viral particles that could infect you or those around you. Even after vaccination, Adams says it’s still a good idea to keep up.
“Wears [one] Adams explains that a mask is better than nothing, and a double mask is better than a single mask. “Mask burnout is definitely on and if people want to go down to one mask after vaccination for comfort reasons, that becomes a decision individual.” But the takeaway is keeping at least one mask, she says.
This is especially the case with high-risk populations, Karan adds. “I will continue to masquerade for the time being around high-risk unvaccinated people because we have high levels of the circulating virus.”
You can read more about the CDC’s guidance on post-vaccine protocol Here.
Pranav Bascar is a freelance journalist who regularly answers frequently asked questions about the coronavirus for National Public Radio.