Is it normal to feel a headache after getting vaccinated against Covid?

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Over a million people have been vaccinated against novel coronavirus now, and many more are lining up to get their vaccine shots.

By now, we do know of people who have received their vaccine shot and have also come across stories of unusual, or vague side-effects. Headaches, too, right now are a frequent complaint from the ones who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Should you be worried about COVID-19 vaccine side-effects?

Be it the mRNA vaccines used globally, or the traditional ones being used in India, it is normal to experience certain side-effects with vaccination. While we do know of fever, rashes and fatigue as expected side-effects, headaches can be particularly debilitating to encounter. Plus, it can be unpleasant and may even make it difficult for you to go through the day.

Headache is a normally expected side-effect

If you have just received your dose of the COVID vaccine, and happen to experience a headache, do remember that it is not the reason to be extremely worried.In fact, headaches are one of the commonly seen and recorded side-effects of vaccines and have been listed on vaccine fact-sheets too.

Why do they happen?

Think of it this way. Vaccines prompt the immune system into delivering a zealous response by teaching it to fight the disease in the future.

When can you expect it?

According to experts and people who have received the vaccine doses, the chances of developing a headache are highest after the second vaccine dose. This is primarily because antibodies, generated after the first dose heighten the response to the second vaccine injection, making you experience stronger reactions than before.

What should you do if you develop a headache?

That being said, if you do get a headache, don’t be extremely alarmed.

A headache, much like other side-effects would start to resolve in some days’ time. If you do develop a headache, it is alright to take some basic pain-relieving medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as long as you get it checked with a doctor.

What remedies can counter it?

If you aren’t in favour of popping in pills, there are also some home remedies worth a try. Headaches, a sign of inflammation can be relieved by using icepacks or cold compress.

When should you worry?

Although headaches resolve in a matter of days like other vaccine side-effects, if you do happen to experience a bad headache or severe symptoms which last for longer than a few days, consult a doctor once.       —Times of India