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Answers to All Your Questions About Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19

The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

Answers to All Your Questions About Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19

I’ve heard that taking a pain reliever after getting a Covid-vaccine could blunt its effectiveness. Is that true? Several medical and health groups, including the Henry Ford Health System and UCI Health , advise against taking prophylactic pain relievers before your shot, but they agree it’s fine to take an over-the-counter pain reliever for discomfort after getting the vaccine. “Taking over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen before receiving a vaccine may reduce its ability to work and blunt your immune response to the vaccine,” advises UCI Health. “After the vaccination, don’t hesitate to take an over-the-counter medication if you have symptoms that make you uncomfortable.”