As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and the Omicron version continues to spread like wildfire, it’s no wonder there’s still a ton of confusion about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, specifically about vaccines. and booster shots. Since most people started waxing at this point about a year ago, along with the untimely appearance of the new Omicron variant, CDC is now recommending a booster shot For all those who were vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna series in the past five months or more, as well as for those who received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson in the past two months.
“Vaccines are working incredibly well to protect against serious disease; The evidence is in the hospital data,” says Sunaina Suhag, MD, a family medicine physician at Austin Regional Clinic in Austin, Texas. “Overall, most people with severe symptoms due to COVID who need to go to the hospital are not vaccinated. That means vaccines are doing what we want them to do — keep people out of the hospital.”
However, before the CDC began recommending boosters for barely everyone, its message got lost in the chaos surrounding the rapid rise in cases and hospitalizations across the country. So if you have questions about boosters, like if you’re eligible, if you can mix and match between manufacturers, and if you should be concerned about side effects, well, we have them all. are the answers.
First, what exactly is a booster shot?
A COVID booster shot is an additional dose of the vaccine, to be administered after the original protection from the COVID vaccine has weakened so that it can help you maintain adequate immunity.
“The argument for the booster is that there is some evidence that Vaccine effectiveness begins to decline, ” explains Dr. Suhag. “A booster helps maintain immunity to fight severe symptoms. Some studies have indicated that there is a decrease in immunity about five to six months after the full series of vaccines, and This data was evaluated by the FDA when they Recommended Boosters for Adults and, more recently, children over the age of 12.”
The formulation of the booster shots is similar to that of current COVID-19 vaccines, although the modern booster is actually half the dose of the vaccine given in the initial series. As such, if you are still completely unconnected, you should start with the primary chain first. if you are 18 years of age or older and have received a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson shot, CDC says it’s safe to get boosters from any of three manufacturers, Teenagers 12 to 17 years old and teens receiving Pfizer vaccine should receive a booster from the same brand.
What are the Most Common Booster Side Effects?
According to Dr. Suhag, booster side effects are likely to be similar to those you might have experienced while receiving Moderna, Pfizer or J&J vaccine. This may mean that you end up feeling nothing, or you may experience a reaction with symptoms such as:
- pain at injection site
- muscle pain
- to vomit
“I recommend planning your day (and the next day) with the assumption that you won’t feel 100% for at least 24 hours,” says Dr. Suhag.
Why do some people get side effects and others don’t?
Did you feel completely ruined after receiving one or more of your doses, while your partner felt as good as ever? This was actually a common scenario for many. The good news is that it doesn’t mean that you will perform better or worse than anyone else if you come down with a successful transition.
“Some people experience side effects and others don’t — that’s because each of our immune systems is unique,” says Dr. Suhag. “Our symptomatic response to a vaccine may be influenced by our age, our gender or medical history. Rest assured that your body will build up the desired immunity whether or not you experience body aches after your vaccine. ,
Bottom-line: As with the original vaccine, there is a good chance you will feel unwell within 24 hours after receiving your booster. This is a small price to pay compared to potentially being hospitalized in a severe case of COVID. So if you haven’t received your initial dose or booster yet, go ahead and schedule them today.
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