As the vaccines have started rolling out throughout the world, there is a huge sigh of relief after enduring strict lockdowns and social isolation.
The first trials of the vaccines indicated that the patients felt slight discomfort from the side effects but, as time progressed and many more people began to get their vaccine shot, an interesting detail came under the spotlight: generally, women were enduring worse side effect symptoms than men.
With that contingency in mind, we’re breaking down all you need to know about the vaccine, its side effect, and what to do.
What are the known side effects?
Before jumping into talking about why the women population is dealing with this strange anomaly, we will first look at the symptoms reported as the side effects of the vaccine.
Now, one thing to keep in mind is that not everyone is going to experience the side effects, nor are they going to experience similar side effects as you. Since everyone is different, it all comes down to how the body processes it and deals with it.
However, the most commonly reported side effects are:
- Your arm, where you got the shot, may hurt a bit, show inflammation and redness.
- You can feel exhausted
- You can experience fever and chills
- Muscle ache can only occur
- And lastly, feeling nauseated.
Why are women experiencing worse side effects?
There is no proper answer to this question because the vaccines are in the early stages. The lack of data, in this case, doesn’t allow the scientist to make any judgment. A medical expert, however, stated that the reason for this could be that women have reported their symptoms more than men.
Another medical expert stated that it could be because of the fact that women are proven to be more prone to autoimmune diseases. These are just speculations, but evidence from a 2013 study showed that women had higher rates of an allergic reaction to the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.
What to do if you develop the side effects?
Most of the side effects are mild in nature, so you probably wouldn’t have to worry about them. Also, if you do develop side effects, you’ll know that the vaccine is doing its job. You can always reach out to a medical professional if you feel that the side effects have persisted too long or intensified.
Though this side effect talk might be scary, medical experts all around the world have encouraged people to get their vaccines.