Over the past year, we have learned so much about COVID-19 and even have multiple vaccines rolling out across the country. Each day new information surfaces about both the virus and the vaccines. Here is a list of everything we know so far.
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What to expect when you get the COVID-19 vaccination
Although this news may bring a sigh of relief it also comes with a whole new list of questions and concerns.
- When can I get the vaccine?
- When it’s my turn to get vaccinated, what then?
- Should I take Tylenol or Motrin before my vaccine?
These questions, and more, answered here.
Should you worry about COVID-19 vaccinations and your medication?
As you prepare to receive your vaccination, you may be wondering how your current medication will interact. Ayrn O’Connor, MD, is the director of medical toxicology fellowship at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. Throughout the pandemic, she has led the way, reviewing and analyzing the best possible treatments for COVID-19.
Click here to find out more.
What can I do after my COVID-19 vaccination?
Now that we have vaccines, the question in everyone’s mind is, “So when can we finally get back to normal?” Here’s what we know so far.
Debunking the COVID-19 vaccine myths
While social media has given us a platform to share whatever we want, false information, particularly as it pertains to the vaccines, can dilute their life-saving value and stir up fear and doubt. So, it’s no surprise there has been some questionable information out there about the COVID-19 vaccines. See the infographic below to help set the record straight on some common myths.
For more in-depth information about vaccine myths, click here.
How is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine different?
With the third vaccine now available in the U.S., you may be wondering what makes it different from the others and which one you should get. “The best vaccine is the one that is available to you,” advised Denise Erickson, senior director of Banner Pharmacy Services in Phoenix, AZ. “All three of the vaccines available are effective in preventing severe COVID-19 hospitalizations and death; therefore, there is no preference for one over the other.”
To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen), click here.
Why Your 16- or 17-Year-Old Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
You might not see the value in vaccinating your 16- or 17-year-old child against COVID-19 infection. After all, young people tend to have few or no symptoms if they get the disease. And they aren’t as likely as older people to be hospitalized or to die from COVID-19 infection.
But it’s critically important for 16- and 17-year-olds to be vaccinated now, and for younger children and teens to be vaccinated once they are eligible. Click here to learn more about the importance of vaccinating your older teens.
Beaches and BBQs: Planning for a Safe, Vaccinated Summer
As the world gets vaccinated, there is plenty of reason to celebrate. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun relaxing some of its guidelines regarding group gatherings and travel. But before you fire up the grill or buy plane tickets to an island destination, click here to learn more about how to decrease the risk for yourself and the community.
For more information on vaccines and how to keep your family safe, check out these additional articles:
- What is Herd Immunity?
- How You Can Boost Your Immune System
- Get These Vaccinations Before Cuddling a Newborn
Updated: The content of this article has been updated as of Tuesday, April 13, 2021.