Recommendations after being vaccinated against coronavirus25.05.2022
Vaccination is an important moment for you, your family, society and the whole world. By getting vaccinated, you protect not only yourself but also your loved ones from COVID-19. Even if you’re worried that you’re putting yourself in danger by getting vaccinated, knowing you’re doing it for a reason will reduce stress. Some side effects after vaccination are normal and expected. This is a sign that your body is building up an immune defense. We will figure out what is recommended to do after being vaccinated against coronavirus, and what not to do.
What to Expect After Vaccination
Side effects occur about 10 hours after the COVID-19 vaccine is given. It could be:
- pain, redness, itching or swelling at the injection site immediately and / or 7 days after;
- swelling under the armpit;
- fatigue and/or headache;
- muscle and/or joint soreness;
- nausea and/or vomiting;
- fever and/or chills.
Most side effects are not serious and go away on their own.
If you experience serious side effects such as a fever above 40 0 C or a severe allergic reaction (urticaria, swelling of the face, tongue, throat, or difficulty breathing), seek medical attention immediately.
What to do after vaccination
1. Drink plenty of water. Hydration will help relieve muscle pain, fatigue, headache, and fever.
2. Eat well-balanced but light meals. Overloading the digestive tract during a period of intense work of the immune system will not benefit the body.
3. Sleep at least 7-8 hours. Lack of sleep can lead to immune suppression, as it is during sleep that the body rebuilds its defense mechanisms. Sleep deprivation can also cause stress, which suppresses the immune system.
4. Do light exercises and arm movements at the elbow. Physical activity reduces stress, and arm exercises promote blood circulation, which can help reduce local vaccine side effects.
5. Take an antipyretic (aspirin, paracetamol, or ibuprofen) if the side effects make you very uncomfortable.
You should not take antipyretic drugs before vaccination. Remember that aspirin should not be taken by children under 18 years of age, and ibuprofen should not be taken by pregnant women.
6 . Vaccinated breastfeeding mothers can and should continue breastfeeding (BF). Antibodies from the COVID-19 vaccination can be passed to the baby through milk, and he will also receive immunity.
What not to do after vaccination
1. Avoid alcohol and tobacco. They can exacerbate and worsen the side effects of the vaccine by increasing stress. Alcohol also negatively affects the body’s immune system.
2. Don’t Stop:
- wear a mask in public places;
- wash your hands thoroughly;
- keep social distance.
After vaccination, you are not completely protected from COVID-19. No vaccine is 100% guaranteed. You can get COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated. However, the infection will proceed in a much milder form.
3. Do not delay contacting your doctor if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 after vaccination. The vaccine takes some time to work. Strong immunity to the introduction of the vaccine will be formed in 35-42 days.
4. Avoid intense physical activity. At least within 2-3 days after vaccination. The body needs time to recover.
5. Don’t skip other shots. If you need a vaccination for another disease, it should not be skipped. However, it is recommended to observe a break (at least 28 days) between the COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine.
The media and social media are full of conflicting opinions, so getting vaccinated can be a significant stress for you. To ensure that you do not experience any discomfort after being vaccinated against the coronavirus, stay calm and follow our recommendations.
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