Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that they may feel a little unwell after they get a coronavirus vaccine, if one is authorized, members of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee said Monday.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to discuss whether to recommend use of any Covid-19 vaccine that the US Food and Drug Administration might authorize.
Volunteers in vaccine trials have reported they frequently feel flu-like effects after getting vaccinated, and members of the ACIP – as well as liaison representatives who take part in the discussion – said that could affect people’s willingness to get vaccinated in the first place, or to get the second dose of the two-vaccine regimen.
“As a practicing physician, I have got to be sure my patients will come back for the second dose. We really have got to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park,” Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the Emory University School of Medicine, representing the American Medical Association, told the meeting.
“They are going to know they got a vaccine. They are not going to feel wonderful.”
The whole point of vaccination is to cause an immune response in the body and that can sometimes cause flu-like symptoms such as body aches, or even fever and a headache.
Patricia Stinchfield of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, representing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, said providers must be ready to explain this to people getting any vaccine.