Sore Arm After Vaccination? Here's What to do
April 15, 2021
There is much buzz these days about vaccinations since the recent rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines around the world. Some are used to getting vaccines whether it is for influenza, shingles or some of the other one’s available to patients. However, for those who aren’t used to getting needles, the side effects, most commonly a sore arm following the injection can be very bothersome.
In general, the soreness after a vaccine is quite normal. The injection site, most commonly the upper area of your arm can be sore, red and/or swollen. This is often due to your muscle reacting to the liquid in the vaccine that was injected into the arm. With the Covid-19 vaccine in particular, it has been documented that the second shot side effects can be slightly more noticeable.
Other side effects from many vaccines can also include fever, chills, headaches and tiredness. If you are experiencing worsening of symptoms that persist or don’t go away, spreading of a rash down your arm or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Otherwise, the sore arm will last only a few days and with the help of these tips you can find some pain relief and get some comfort in knowing you’ve protected yourself and your community.
Written by Alyssa Rolnick, Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Products, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.