Getting the COVID19 Vaccine? There are ways to reduce side effects from vaccines. 

Vaccines help reduce the spread of infections.  Some people can experience bothersome side effects from vaccines. Did you know there are ways to minimize side effects from the COVID19 vaccine? 

1. Hydration

Side effects are more likely to occur in people not maintaining adequate hydration. Drinking enough water ensures that any chemical released following the infusion that is a part of your immune response do not overwhelm your body and cause discomfort. To get a jump on maintaining adequate hydration, start focusing on hydration at least 6 hours prior to your vaccine and continue to maintain good hydration for at least 3 days following the vaccine administration. 

It is generally recommended to drink 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. Check with your healthcare provider before increasing your water intake as some patients may be on fluid restrictions due to health conditions. 

2. Pain Relief

Vaccines can hurt at the injection site.  Patients can experience swelling or pain at the injection site. Acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) is a pain reliever and fever reducer.  Acetaminophen is a great way to reduce pain at the injection site and can be taken 20-30 minutes before a vaccine is administered to reduce painful side effects.  The medication can be taken on the 3 days following the vaccine twice daily.

It is recommended to not take more than 4000 mg of acetaminophen in a day. Consult your healthcare provider about acetaminophen as it should be avoided in certain patients, including those with severe liver disease and other situations


3. Electrolyte Replenishment

Muscle aches and fatigue are a common side effect post vaccination.  An important part of reducing fatigue is making sure your electrolytes are balanced. Taking a liquid electrolyte supplement such as an adult electrolyte drink can help reduce this type of fatigue. This can be continued for 3 days following vaccination to support in reducing muscle fatigue side effects. Consult your healthcare provider before taking a liquid electrolyte drink as some patients may be under fluid restriction or have other health concerns that limit the use of liquid electrolyte drinks. 


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