The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that it is normal for people to experience side effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
UF Health Jacksonville Assistant Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chirag Patel explained: “Usually, what is happening in your body is that you are developing an immune response, and this is what we want.” “This does not mean that if there are no side effects, it means. You don’t have an immune response, but when you do, the typical reason is simply that your body is working and your immune system starts to work.”
According to the CDC, some possible side effects include soreness at the injection site, fever, chills, or body aches. Patel told News4Jax that after people took the second dose, side effects were reported more frequently.
Patel said: “This is just because your immune system has been strengthened and is ready to recognize other foreign objects that are coming.” “So when you get the second photo in the series, there may be more side effect.”
To reduce potential side effects, Patel encourages people to hydrate, rest and avoid stress before shooting.
“One thing that is not emphasized is avoiding stress,” Patel said. “We have seen a lot of reactions or reported reactions. These reactions are caused by people who are very anxious or have panic attacks because they expected something bad to happen. Minimize the pressure that leads to vaccination and make sure you are getting the vaccine. Getting enough rest before vaccination can help you relax in the morning or on the day.”
If you feel soreness in your arm after shooting, Patel says to put ice cubes or cold towel on your arm, gently massage the area or perform light arm exercises. The CDC says the side effects should only last for a few days.
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