01/7Three ways to check if your COVID-19 vaccine is working well
Vaccination drives have picked up pace across the world, with millions having already received their doses.
At the same time, the emergence of alarming side-effects has put people to worry and contributing to vaccine hesitancy rates.
However, not all side-effects are bad. Some, as US CDC Chief and famed epidemiologist. Dr Fauci advises, could be a sign that the vaccine is working to build up a necessary immune response, even if in an unpleasant manner.
02/7Are all side-effects post-vaccination a cause of concern?
It is common to expect side-effects after getting any vaccine shot.
Adverse reactions can occur, but mostly, are numbered. On the contrary, most side-effects experienced with a vaccine are mild or moderate, last for 2-3 days and can be easily managed.
Yet, what we need to know is that most of the side-effects are an indication of the immune system generating a response.
03/7Some of the side-effects could mimic COVID symptoms
In the case of COVID vaccines, the strange side-effects are a possible reaction are the immune system’s natural response against the many spike proteins which are created in the body, when the body identifies a potential threat. Hence, they should not be worried about so much.
Therefore, any chills, pains you experience could be just an indicator of the vaccine training your body to recognize pathogens in the future.
That being said, according to Dr Fauci, there are some classic signs and symptoms which could help a person check if a vaccine is doing its job well.
04/7Muscle and joint pain
Low-intensity muscle pain and joint aches are systematic responses generated when a vaccine is administered in the body. This is also one of the most common side-effects experienced by people who have received the vaccine dose right now (reported in over 43% cases).
It could be hours or days before a person starts experiencing joint pain or symptoms of arthralgia, but most likely, any aches or pains are strong indicators of the immune system generating antibodies in response to the vaccine injection.
As for the treatment, while most pains and aches resolve on their own, taking anti-pain medications and pain relievers may also be tried for relief.
Headache is also currently, the second most commonly recorded symptom with the vaccines being inoculated in India and abroad. Again, it is a clear indicator of the body generating systematic inflammation. CDC observations also show that the presence of headaches is more common after the second shot.
Fatigue, as a symptom has become a much-dissected topic during the pandemic.
While a lot of people with COVID-19 experience chronic fatigue and exhaustion, experiencing bouts of fatigue or tiredness after getting a vaccine shot may also mean that the body is building required protection against the virus.
Fatigue can also be accompanied by feelings of chills and minor aches, which could knock a person out. This is one of the reasons doctors are now advising patients to practice some care and precaution after getting their vaccine shot, or if possible, take ample rest after the vaccine shot.
Fatigue could also make some people faint. Hence, people above the age of 55 should be more careful of this.
07/7What side-effect should you never ignore?
People who have now been inoculated against COVID-19 are warning of one common side-effect which they should never ignore- rashes.
According to many, rashes and redness are not the most common side-effects but can sometimes take upto a week’s time to come up. It could also be more common in the ones who may be suffering from an allergy, or might be sensitive to the vaccine’s makeup. Hence, consider getting urgent medical help the moment you spot one.
Swelling, bleeding, delirium or chronic fainting spells should also not be ignored.