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One morning in mid-February, Wendy Reiter's arm was a little sore, just like after she shot her for the first time. But at night, she felt like flu, body aches, headaches and severe fatigue. "I felt like I was hit by a truck. I was basically trapped for a day and a half, lying in bed all day, and feeling uncomfortable." Reiter, now 75, recalled that he was in Westchester County, New York. Said the education administrator. "Then, the veil was lifted, and I felt like my old self again." At the same time, her 89-year-old husband felt good after the second medication. When Reiter asked friends about their experiences, they were "all over the map", from nervous to non-existent.

The same goes for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. These are reactive vaccines, which means they are expected to produce side effects or reactions. Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases William Schaffner (MD) explained that even after the first dose, some people experience local reactions in the injected arm, such as soreness or tenderness, or a day or two later You may feel some discomfort. At Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.

But the second dose of the two vaccines quickly gained a reputation for being packed with a punch.

These may include fatigue, chills, headaches, muscle aches, and even fever. Schaffner said: "More people (40% to 50%) experience these symptoms to some extent or to some extent after the second vaccination." This happens because "your immune system It starts to work and can cope with the stimulus produced by the vaccine. In a sense, this is a good thing."

And because the second dose is based on the first dose, the immune system's response will be more prominent. The second dose of COVID-19 vaccine has more severe side effects, similar to the second dose

Schaffner said this is also a reaction.

In other words, the response to the COVID-19 vaccine varies greatly. Experts say that some people have no symptoms, while others have mild to moderate side effects, and some have more severe symptoms. Interestingly, compared with adults, young people tend to experience stronger symptoms after the second dose. Dr. Wilbur Chen, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said: "If you are young and healthy, your immune response will be stronger." "I have seen medical staff in their 20s and 30s, and they are I was surprised by the response to the vaccine, surprised by it. I know these reactions because I have to have lengthy consultations about them." Chen, in his 50s, said that he experienced fatigue and body aches after taking the Pfizer vaccine for the second time . His message is: "Reaction means it is working-your body is responding to the vaccine."

In contrast, the elderly tend to respond mildly because "their immune system is not as strong as the younger ones, but they can still get 95% virus protection," Schaffner said. Apart from age, experts do not know why some people react more violently than others.

Laurie Douglas, 65, is a graphic designer in New York City. He had no problems with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but went through a difficult period after the second dose. After staying up late trying to complete the task on time, she started to feel sore and tired, and developed a fever of 100.5. On the second day, symptoms continued. "I couldn't stay awake," recalls Douglas, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, which impaired her immune function. "I took a nap for an hour in the morning. Then I took a nap again in the afternoon, from 3pm to 8pm." The next day, Douglas still had a headache and felt tired. Even though the symptoms lasted for two and a half days, she still said: "I am grateful; I am grateful. I thought it would be worse."

If you experience strong side effects after the second dose, like Reiter and Douglas, it is safe to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen after the vaccination. Although some people have taken painkillers before shooting (to prevent reactions), this is not a good idea because some studies have shown that taking drugs that prevent vaccine-related symptoms may weaken the immune response of the vaccine, Schaffner said. That's not something you want to risk.

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Chen recommends if you need it after vaccination, but skip it if you don't need it. If your arm is sore or swollen, applying ice may help. Otherwise, please relax and rest for a day or two. Chen said that most people will feel better within 48 to 72 hours. "No matter how severe the symptoms are, they are self-limiting. They will indeed disappear within a few days."

Marianne Norris, 77, felt so good after receiving her second dose of Pfizer earlier this month that she worried that the vaccine might have been abandoned for too long and become inactive. Later that night, when she was suffering from body aches, exhaustion and occasional colds, it was unfounded to feel fear. "I can't sleep because of discomfort," said Norris, who lives in Los Angeles. The next day, she lay on the sofa and watched TV, and felt that she had moved. She said: "I just knew I had to wait for a while, and then I would get better." She added that she felt pretty good on the third day.

Schaffner said that in general, plan your schedule so that you can free up working time or plan to lie down and rest after the second medication. As doctors and many people who have been vaccinated agree:

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The second dose is worse than the first dose. This is what I have been reading about the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, none of my friends or colleagues found this to be true, so I hope that the second injection of Moderna vaccine will not cause me trouble, just the first arm pain and slight fatigue.

My immune system has other ideas. The second dose shocked me.

As a resident of the District of Columbia, I was eligible for vaccination in mid-January, when the area expanded the eligibility for people over 65 years old. From registration to injection, my first date went smoothly, and my second date was scheduled on a cold day in February at 12:30 in the afternoon.

The acupuncture was so light that I could hardly feel it. "That's it?" I asked the pharmacist.

"That's it," she said.

I put down my sleeves, waited 15 minutes as instructed to prevent any potential adverse reactions, and then drove home with the clear plastic band-aid on my left upper arm.

About 10 hours after the stabbing, I crawled into bed and had a good night's sleep-until 3 am, I woke up sweating, shaking, headache, nausea and arm soreness, unbearable.

14 hours after the injection, my symptoms did resemble flu, including low-grade fever and intense fatigue, which made you feel as if you could never get out of bed anymore. I didn't-get out of bed-for 30 hours.

It has been a long time since I was sick, so this caught me off guard. But I am grateful that the vaccine has shown me its strength. This is how I see it now.

I didn't respond at all. This is more common in people of my age, because as we age, our immune system becomes weaker. However, the No. 1 dose of the coronavirus vaccine has completed its work to help my immune cells recognize enough viral DNA so that when the No. 2 dose with the same COVID-19 code enters orbit, they can fight. .

People ask me if I have been vaccinated and if I feel there are golden shields or plastic bubbles around me now. I do not. I continue to wear a mask, wash my hands often, and stay away from public places as much as possible. I still didn't see my dear friend, but went for a walk outside, went to work in the office or took a cross-country flight to meet my family.

Science tells us that people who have been vaccinated may still be potential spreaders of the coronavirus, and I don't want anyone to get sick. However, I do feel that a protection is critical. I believe that if I should get COVID in some way, I will probably survive-and enjoy a future full of beautiful things, and we are all asked to put it aside for a while.

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