Fever, Chills Most Common Vaccine Side Effects

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    June 11, 2021 13:34

    Many people are still afraid of vaccine side effects after Korea passed the 10-million milestone in coronavirus vaccination.

    As of early Wednesday morning, there had been a total of 38,242 reports on side effects from vaccines. The rate of adverse effects is only one-third of a percent, and 94.8 percent of those who did have them complained about muscle aches, headache, a fever or chills.

    These can be easily alleviated with paracetamol. But those getting the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be aware of a small risk of blood clots, which can occur four to 28 days after inoculation, and should visit a hospital if they notice them.

    People wait to get vaccinated in a hospital in Daejeon on Thursday.

    Symptoms of blood clots include breathing difficulty, chest pains, or stomach aches less than four weeks after vaccination, swelling in the legs or arms, headaches despite painkillers and blurry vision. Anyone who has bruises or bleeding in an area other than the injection site in the arm should also go to hospital.

    Many people take a day off from work when they get their shot. Experts advise them to avoid alcohol because it can mask side effects.

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