With the Covid-19 pandemic spreading and the Omicron variant continuing to spread like wildfire, it’s no surprise that there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, particularly regarding vaccines and booster shots. Since the majority of people started getting vaccinated about a year ago at this point, combined with the sudden presence of the new Omicron variant, The CDC now recommends a booster shot For everyone who has been vaccinated in the past five months or more with the Pfizer or Moderna series, as well as for those who have received one dose of Johnson & Johnson within the past two months.
“Vaccines work very well to protect against serious diseases. The evidence is in hospital data” Sunaina Sohag MD, a family medicine physician at Austin Regional Clinic in Austin, Texas. “In general, most people who need to go to hospital because of severe symptoms of Covid are not vaccinated. This means that the vaccines do what we want them to do – which is to keep people out of the hospital.”
However, the CDC had barely begun to recommend the use of boosters for everyone before its messages seemed to get lost in the chaos surrounding the rapid rise in cases and hospitalizations across the country. So if you have questions about a booster, like whether you qualify, whether you can mix and match manufacturers, and if you have to worry about side effects, well, we’ve got the answers to all of them.
First, what exactly is a booster injection?
A Covid booster vaccine is an extra dose of the vaccine, meant to be given after the original protection from the Covid vaccine has been weakened so that it can help you maintain adequate immunity.
“The rationale for the backer is that there is some evidence for it The effectiveness of the vaccine begins to fadeDr. explains. Sohag. “A booster helps maintain immunity to fight off serious symptoms. Some studies have indicated weakened immunity about five to six months after the vaccination series has been completed, and this data has been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when Recommended Enhancers for Adults And most recently, children over 12 years old.”
The formulation of the booster vaccines is the same as the current Covid-19 vaccines, although the Moderna booster is actually half the dose of the vaccine given in the initial series. As such, if you’re still not completely immune, you should start with the raw string first. If you are 18 or older and get a shot from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, The CDC says it is safe to receive boosters by any of the three manufacturers. Adolescents ages 12 to 17 who receive the Pfizer vaccine should get a booster dose of the same brand.
What are the most common side effects of booster?
According to Dr. Sohag, the booster side effects will likely be similar to what you might have experienced when you received the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This may mean that you won’t feel anything at all, or you may experience a reaction with symptoms such as:
- Pain at the injection site
- muscle pain
“I recommend planning your day (and the next) assuming you won’t feel 100% for at least 24 hours,” says Dr. Sohag.
Why do some people get side effects and some don’t?
Did you feel completely devastated after receiving one or more of your doses, while your partner felt as good as ever? This was actually a common scenario for many people. The good news is that it doesn’t mean you’ll get better or worse than anyone else if you get a superinfection.
“Some people experience side effects and others may not – that’s because every immune system is unique,” says Dr. Sohag. “Our symptomatic response to a vaccine can be influenced by our age, gender or medical history. Rest assured that your body will build the needed immunity whether or not you experience body aches after a vaccination.
Bottom line: Just as with the original vaccine, there is a good chance you will feel mad within 24 hours after receiving the booster vaccine. It’s a small price to pay compared to being hospitalized with a serious case of Covid. So if you haven’t had your initial dose or a booster dose yet, go ahead and schedule it today.
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