COVID Booster Symptoms and Care

Post-booster Blues? Read about what to expect and how to take care of yourself!
November 12, 2021

Am I sick?

No- the covid vaccines are all made using the mRNA for a coat protein- there is no viral material that can make you sick. The Pfizer boosters are the same formulation/strength as the original vaccines, the Moderna boosters are half doses of the original.

Then why do I feel terrible?

Your immune system is working correctly!  It detects antigenic matter and is revving up to fight off a potential illness. In fact, more side effects can indicate a more protective immune system.

What's normal?

In order of statistical frequency: injection site pain, fatigue, headache, body aches, chills, low-grade fever.

How long does this last?

2-3 days are all within normal

What can I do?

Rest, hydrate, acetaminophen (Tylenol) 500-650mg/4hrs for fever, ibuprofen (Motrin) 400-600mg/6hrs for body aches

Is it really worth it?

Yes!!! A thousand times yes!  Knowing that you have self-limited signs of immune system activation are WAY better than the 2000 dead/day in the US in April 2020.

Link to excellent, educational, entertaining, and fact-checked video on vaccines and our immune response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ0NgeMHOyQ

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