Possible Side Effects From the COVID-19 Vaccine

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, most of us and our families are familiar with the major symptoms to screen. As we are well into the flu season, it is more important than ever to know how to properly recognize the symptoms of COVID-19. It also is important when considering a COVID vaccine to understand the possible side effects that you may experience after your shot. Our knowledgeable team of ER doctors and nurse practitioners at University Urgent Care is committed to offering accurate and reliable information regarding COVID-19 at our Fort Worth, TX office. When you want to get a COVID test or are interested in learning more about the COVID vaccine, schedule an appointment at our urgent care center.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Ultimately, anyone can contract COVID-19, and symptoms are fairly similar to flu symptoms. Some of the most common signs of coronavirus include:

  • Body or muscle aches

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Tightness in the chest

When you’re experiencing COVID symptoms, visit our Fort Worth emergency room for COVID-19 testing.

How can I tell if I have COVID-19?

Because so many symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to flu symptoms, it can be difficult to determine which illness your child has without being tested. If you or your child is exhibiting symptoms indicative of the flu or COVID-19, visit University Urgent Care to get tested for both viruses ASAP.

We use two diagnostic tests for coronavirus testing in Fort Worth, TX:

  1. Viral testing: The viral test can detect an existing infection with nasal swab testing for patients with potential active infections. A sample is taken from the back of your nose or upper throat. This is best for someone currently infected and who may be contagious. The virus can be detected 2 – 3 days after exposure. A negative result means that the virus wasn’t found in your sample at the time of your test.

  2. Antibody testing: Antibody testing can determine if you had coronavirus before based on the antibodies in their blood. We take a sample of your blood to look for immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. The presence of either tells us if your body has fought off coronavirus and if you’re a carrier. Our test cannot detect antibodies until at least 10 days after exposure. Most major insurance companies will pay for this testing.

COVID vaccine side effects

The CDC and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration reports that some of the most common side effects of a COVID vaccine include pain or swelling in the arm where the shot was received, as well as chills, fever, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, or a headache. Contact University Urgent Care if the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects don’t seem to go away after a few days. These symptoms may feel flu-like. It’s important that you get your second shot even if you have side effects after your first vaccine shot unless your doctor tells you not to get a second shot. It will take time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines require two shots and do not protect you until a week or two after your second shot. Medical professionals generally see more side effects after the second dose.

Prevent the spread of coronavirus and get the COVID vaccine in North Texas

Whatever your age, you can contract coronavirus and develop mild to severe symptoms, and spread it to others. Ensure the health and safety of yourself and your family by getting a COVID vaccine. At University Urgent Care, we also offer COVID-19 testing and offer our patients throughout North Texas accurate and quick COVID-19 test results. We serve the Tanglewood, Frisco Heights, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods, respectively. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer online consultations for illnesses that don’t have coinciding symptoms to COVID-19.

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