July 2021

Is pain normal post-COVID-19 vaccine?

(NC) With everyone from the news to friends and family sharing so much information about the COVID-19 vaccine, it can be hard to tell the difference between myth and fact and know what to believe. But staying properly informed can help put your mind at ease as you prepare for your vaccine.

Here’s what the latest health research states:

  • The CDC recommends talking to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medication, such as Advil (ibuprofen), for possible pain or discomfort from a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control states that if you are unable to carry on with your regular activities because of these symptoms, you can take pain-relief medications.
  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization states that oral pain reliever shouldn’t be routinely used before or at the time of vaccination, but that their use is not a contraindication to vaccination. These medications may be considered for the management of side effects such as pain or fever, if they occur after vaccination.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Health says that using a cool, damp cloth where the vaccine was given may help with soreness. If needed, pain or fever medication may help with these side effects.
  • When it’s time to get your COVID-19 shot, staying informed will help you feel more comfortable and prepared. While the battle against COVID-19 is not over, continue to take smart safety measures such as washing your hands, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

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