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How to recover from COVID-19 vaccine symptoms

The coronavirus vaccine might create side effects and symptoms. Here’s how to recover

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A woman presses a pad onto her upper arm after receiving a dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination and testing site in Brussels, Tuesday. Feb. 9, 2021.

A woman presses a pad onto her upper arm after receiving a dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination and testing site in Brussels on Tuesday. Feb. 9, 2021.

Virginia Mayo, Associated Press

Researchers recently explained that the COVID-19 vaccine could create common and expected side effects, and a new report shared ideas of how to recover from the symptoms.

Context

Dr. Amanda Cohn, a member of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, recently said there are common side effects to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, in a new Twitter thread.

  • The side effects include “pain, potentially fatigue, and a low-grade fever,” Cohn said.
  • The side effects are “expected and should resolve after one or two days,” she said.
  • She said to remember that side effects are “not COVID. It’s your body building an immune response to the protein that is mimicking the disease.”

Tips on how to treat symptoms

USA Today has put together a helpful video story that offers tips on how to treat any potential symptoms or side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. Use over-the-counter medications for pain relief to help with the injection site pain.
  2. Rest as much as you can.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids.
  4. Do whatever has worked for you in the past to reduce fever.
  5. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, reach out to your doctor for assistance.

Remember, symptoms are normal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the vaccine “will help protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. Some people may have mild side effects after vaccination, which are normal signs that your body is building protection against the disease.”