COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects: What To Expect After Your Shot
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So far, all three of the available COVID-19 vaccines in the US have a pretty solid track record, especially considering they were fast-tracked. Still, vaccine fears and abound, and stories about side effects (exaggerated or not) may make some people more hesitant to get the shot.
Which side effects are par for the course, and which are cause for CertificationsBuzz 250-556 Web Practice Exam concern? Here's what to expect if you , whether you get the Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson version -- and how you can report side effects to the CDC.
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General vaccine side effects
All vaccines have possible side effects with mild to moderate severity. Typical vaccine side effects include local pain, swelling, redness and sometimes bruising at the injection site, as well as fever and tiredness, says Dr. Roshni Mathew, pediatric infectious diseases physician at .
With any vaccination, you can expect a bit of pain during and after the injection, says Dr. Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at Indiana University. He adds that some people may experience chills, fatigue or minor headaches after vaccines.
Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Reported COVID-19 vaccine side effects
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common :
Injection site painInjection site swellingFeverChillsHeadacheTiredness Pfizer vaccine side effects
People who get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site, and potentially chills and fatigue. The a couple of additional specifically, including muscle pain, joint pain, nausea and swollen lymph nodes.
The FDA notes that most people experienced these side effects after the .
Moderna vaccine side effects
For the Moderna vaccine as well, : injection site pain and swelling, chills, fever, fatigue and headache (). In a summing up the Phase 3 clinical trial analysis, Moderna reported that "no serious adverse events were noted in the trial."
In general, most people report worse side effects after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both of which are .