Getting your Covi shot soon? Wondering how to prepare? Well let me assist, here are a few things experts say to avoid when getting your vaccine:
- Don't take Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin before your shot. There's a slim chance it could interfere with the immune response doctors want to see. But don't worry, taking them afterwards to help with symptoms is okay.
- Don't get a tattoo right afterwards. In case you want to commemorate the occasion with getting a tat, there's a slight chance it could trigger an immune response on top of the one you're getting from the vaccine. So probably hold off from that.
- Don't book other vaccines for two weeks. We don't have a ton of data on how other vaccines interact. So to be safe, wait two weeks before you get a flu shot. You'll need all your energy to fight the covid shot.
- And don't forget to hydrate. It can affect how well the vaccine works. And some people develop a fever from the vaccine, which makes you sweat more. So drink lots of water.
A few other things to remember - Don't push yourself to exercise. Most people should be fine to work out after their shot. But if you're feeling run down, take a day off. Don't worry about drinking alcohol. Yes, too much can weaken your immune system in general. But there's no evidence that it affects the vaccine or how well it works. And once it's done, don't lose your vaccine card. Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax will laminate it for free right now. But you should also take a photo of it, just in case.