COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccines are used to prepare the body's immune system to protect against COVID-19.

Everyone ages 6 months and older should get a 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people who are pregnant and those planning to become pregnant. You should get an updated COVID-19 vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines protect people from getting COVID-19. The vaccine works with your body’s immune system against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. While COVID-19 vaccines will not make you sick, they may cause certain side effects and flu-like symptoms. This is to be expected. These symptoms may be a sign that your body is making antibodies against the virus. COVID-19 vaccines not only protect against infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they can help protect against serious illness from COVID-19.

Arm Rash After COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines may cause certain side effects in some people. These symptoms can be a sign that your body is making antibodies against the virus. One common side effect is a red, itchy, warm, painful, swollen rash on the arm where you got the shot. This rash, which can be large, is also known as “COVID arm.” It may develop a few days to a week after getting the vaccine. While it may be uncomfortable, this reaction is harmless. You can take an antihistamine or an over-the-counter pain medicine to relieve itching and pain. Even if you have a rash after vaccination, it is important to get further shots as needed. If you are scheduled for a second shot, you may want to get it in the other arm or see if an alternative vaccine is available.