Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. At Tidelands Health, the no-cost COVID-19 vaccine – including the third dose and booster dose – is available at three conveniently located regional vaccination sites and at Tidelands Health Family Medicine locations with a regularly scheduled appointment.
It’s normal to experience benign temporary symptoms after receiving the vaccine, which is a sign your body is building protection. The most common temporary symptoms following the vaccine include headache, fever, nausea, chills, fatigue, pain at the injection site and/or muscle pain.
“These symptoms typically resolve after a few days,” Dr. Harmon says. “If they persist, talk to your doctor. Serious symptoms that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely.”
The CDC recommends the following approaches to help treat temporary symptoms after vaccination:
For a sore arm
• Apply a clean, cool, wet wash cloth over the injection site
• Use or exercise the arm
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Dress lightly
Over-the-counter painkillers and antihistamines can be used to treat symptoms after you’ve been vaccinated if you have no other medical condition that would prevent you from taking them normally, according to the CDC. Be sure to speak with your physician first, however.