The Hound's Bark
Healdsburg High School
Ways to Curb the Effects of the Vaccines
APR. 22, 2021
As more people across the world are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and more vaccines are coming out, a lot of people have had a negative experience after receiving their shots as there have been varying reactions to them.
As more people across the world are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and more vaccines are coming out, a lot of people have had a negative experience after receiving their shots as there have been varying reactions to them. When receiving any vaccines, it can shock your immune system a bit and leave you feeling a little under the weather after. Because of this, many people go through a period of covid related symptoms for the following days.
Some of the symptoms that people have reported have been feeling sluggish, a fever, chills, and an overall feeling of exhaustion. Generally, these symptoms do not last more than two or three days, being at their worst the second day, with no other signs after that. Some people reported no symptoms after their shots, and some got them much worse than others. There is no real evidence why people are reacting differently to the vaccines as it is all fairly new research, but it has shown that it will make the majority of people very exhausted for a few days after.
Even with more and more people getting vaccinated, its also important to realize that we are still very much in a pandemic. Some people are not yet eligible to receive their shots, some do not have the resources to get theirs, and some are still refusing to get it for whatever reason. Its still important to be cautious of the sickness and still be wearing a mask in public spaces and be aware of what you are touching that are common, such as door handles or railings in frequented areas.
As more people get their shots, more people are finding ways to help avoid feeling as bad following their shots. The following are some ways that people have found to help feel better following a covid vaccine.
Before the Vaccine
Drink plenty of fluids before you arrive
One recommended way to ensure you are hydrated before your appointment is to get Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier, sold at many stores including Costco, Safeway, Rite Aid, and more. This item boosts your hydration, and with the added electrolytes it can help lesson the symptoms of the vaccine. However, be careful to not over do it with Liquid I.V., it is possible to get sick from drinking it too often or having too much at once.
After the Vaccine
To avoid soreness, move around your arm
One way to avoid that “dead arm” feeling from a shot that has been going around the internet is to swing your arm around in a windmill-like motion. Another is to just simply move your arm around often, such as working out or throwing a ball around. Our arms get sore from our muscles reacting to the medicine injected into it, and by moving our arms a lot, it helps to spread it throughout the muscle, which in turn, helps alleviate soreness.
What about fevers, headaches, and muscle aches?
In general for symptoms, rest and relaxation is the best thing that you can do to treat them. But in times when they are unbearable, there are ways to help them. Many have reported strong headaches and a weakened feeling all over their body. Out of all pain relief, Tylenol is recommended the most because it is supposed to interfere less with the antibody response and production after you have received the vaccine. Motrin is also an option, but is less recommended.
How Long is Too Long?
Though there are overlapping symptoms with the vaccine and the actual sickness, such as a fever, body aches, and exhaustion, feelings such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and the famed dry cough, are not. Vaccine symptoms should only last 48 hours after you have received it. If symptoms seem to worsen after that amount of time or you start to feel other covid symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. It is possible that if you were exposed before you received your vaccine, you can still get it even after being vaccinated. There could also be other factors as to why you still feel sick after your shot, such as a bad or allergic reaction to it.
Overall, if you do choose to get a covid vaccine, expect to feel down for the days following. A bad feeling for a few days should not outweigh the protection against a virus that has killed millions in just over a year.