Observe Your Health More Closely After Getting A Booster Dose

Observe Your Health More Closely After Getting A Booster Dose

Recipients of a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should be aware of any changes in their health within two to three days of vaccination and should contact a doctor promptly if adverse effects persist for longer than three days.


Observe Your Health More Closely After Getting A Booster Dose

Recipients of a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should be aware of any changes in their health within two to three days of vaccination and should contact a doctor promptly if adverse effects persist for longer than three days.

Dr Veena Selvaratnam, a haematologist at Ampang Hospital, said that among the side effects (lasting more than three days) to observe for are fever, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash. These are all symptoms of Vaccine Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), which is a condition in which blood clots form in the blood vessels.

Besides that, shortness of breath and swollen feet should also be given attention…these are among the early signs of the formation of blood clots in any part of our body.

If anyone experiences side effects such as pain at the injection site, it will usually disappear within 24 to 48 hours," she told Bernama.

Source - Homage Malaysia

Dr Veena said that individuals who received booster doses should also rest extensively, drink lots of water, and avoid excessive activity while the body developed immunity.

Those who receive the adenovirus vaccine, particularly those between the ages of 30 and 50, and those with a history of blood clotting problems, are at risk of VITT, Dr Veena said.

However, based on a study, the trend of VITT abroad recorded nine to 10 cases per million doses while in Malaysia less than one case per million doses," she said.

She also urged anybody who had concerns about vaccination to see a doctor first and avoid being swayed by viral statements on social media.

People need to understand that the risk of COVID-19 infection is much higher than the risk of vaccine side effects," she said.

Meanwhile, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM Cardiologist Dr Mohd Shawal Faizal Mohamad advised patients to seek medical care if they had a fever and body pains within a day or two after vaccination, followed by a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, and chest pain three days afterwards.

A person should be referred to a doctor if the heart rate reaches above 120 beats per minute at rest… this may be a symptom that can lead to myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis which is inflammation of the pericardium, the thin sac that surrounds the heart," he said.

Dr Mohd Shawal, on the other hand, said that myocarditis and pericarditis caused by booster dose recipients might be completely recovered.

Furthermore, he recommended that people obtain appropriate rest after vaccination to minimise any risks.

Source – BERNAMA

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