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CLEVELAND (WJW) — As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, more questions are being asked about what precautions should be taken before and after receiving the shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines to help with that.
When it comes to preparing for the vaccine, patients should consult with their doctor about known medical conditions or allergies to ensure there won’t be any complications.
The graph below was created by the CDC to use for reference:
The CDC also discourages the use of acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in advance to prevent post-vaccination symptoms.
Once the vaccination has been administered, those medications are considered safe to take.
Here are some possible side effects that could occur following the shot:
In most cases, pain and discomfort is normal. However, the CDC said you should contact your doctor if redness or tenderness in your arm increases after 24 hours or if your side effects don’t seem to be going away after a few days.
Those who have received the vaccination should still continue to follow normal safety measures like wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding crowds.
“It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot,” the CDC reports.
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