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Getting the COVID-19 vaccine soon? We asked a doctor about some common misconceptions

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Mar 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-20 11:30:07-04

CLEVELAND — You may have some questions if you're thinking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, so we asked a doctor about two common concerns people may have.

Allergies

While there is no proof of a connection between seasonal or flu allergies and an allergic reaction to the shot, there are some things to consider if you've had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past. So, talk to your doctor about which vaccine caused the reaction, and then choose the best version of the coronavirus vaccine for you.

Pain relievers

There are some rumors that you shouldn't take pain relievers a day or two before the shot. According to Dr. Amy Edwards of University Hospitals, you can dismiss those.

"That's complete bunk. I don't know where that came from. I don't know why people are saying that you can't suppress your immune response to the vaccine with a couple of pills of something like Tylenol or Motrin or something like that. And so, I completely disagree with that," Edwards said.

The doctor said that if you have some pain after getting the shot, you can take something to help ease it. And if you have a history of blood clots, talk to your doctor about which vaccine would be best for you.

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