While promising coronavirus vaccine candidates could help put the pandemic at its feet, doctors recommended to federal health officials this week that those who ultimately receive the long-awaited vaccine should be wary of side effects – such as body aches and headaches – so they will come back for the second dose.
Medical experts made such recommendations to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counselors this week in an online meeting.
Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American Medical Association said Monday during the meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a group of medical experts who advise the CDC, that side effects “won’t be a walk in. the park”.
“We really need to make patients aware that this will not be a walk in the park,” Fryhofer said, CNBC reported. “They will know they had a vaccine. They probably won’t feel wonderful. But they have to come back for that second dose.
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Two promising coronavirus vaccine candidates, created by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and biotech company Moderna respectively, both require two doses. Participants in both clinical trials reported side effects after receiving the vaccine candidate, none of which have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yet. (That said, Pfizer, which was the first to report its vaccine results, recently sought emergency approval of its vaccine from the FDA.)
Earlier this month, a Pfizer vaccine candidate told Fox News that the vaccine’s side effects were “a little more serious than I thought.”
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“I had side effects,” Glenn Deshields, a volunteer from Austin, Texas, told “Fox and Friends” at the time. “Basically I had a headache and a lot of fatigue, pain at the injection site… maybe three to four days. ”
“The second was similar but it was much more discreet. It wasn’t that strong. I think I took a bit of Advil and they basically cleared it up, ”he says.
Regarding the Moderna vaccine, CEO Stephane Bancel last week, following the announcement of the company’s candidate being more than 90% effective in advanced clinical trials, discussed side effects. shooting during an appearance on Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria” with host Maria Bartiromo.
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“The second dose, you have a little bit of side effect locally, a little pain, a little redness, but it goes away on its own,” he said.
“Some people have a bit of a headache,” he continued. “It’s nice to note that less than 2% of people have a fever, actually 1.4%, so very, very low. ”
He said the side effects would resolve on their own without taking any medication.
“It’s actually a good thing my immunologist always reminds me that having a little bit of an immune reaction is a good signal that your immune system is working because the vaccine is on,” Bancel said at the time.
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Meanwhile, during the online meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Patsy Stinchfield, a nurse practitioner at Children’s Minnesota, suggested that public health officials change the language used to warn the public of side effects. . She recommended using the word “response” rather than “adverse reaction,” according to CNBC.
“These are immune responses,” Stinchfield said. “And so, if you feel anything after the vaccination, you should expect to feel it. When you do, it’s normal to have arm pain or fatigue, body aches, and maybe even a fever. It sounds like some of those tries, maybe even having to stay home after work.
Kayla Rivas of Fox News contributed to this report.