COVID Booster Symptoms and Care
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.
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: