- Just as rumors circulated in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, now we hear of ways people can prevent side-effects or ward them off, pre-vaccine.
- But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these considerations for taking medications before getting vaccinated.
- Also, a reminder not to get any other vaccinations at the same time as receiving your COVID vaccination.
Considerations for taking medication before getting vaccinated
For most people, it is not recommended to avoid, discontinue, or delay medications for underlying medical conditions around the time of COVID-19 vaccination. However, your healthcare provider should talk to you about what is currently known and not known about the effectiveness of getting a COVID-19 vaccine when taking medications that suppress the immune system.
It is not recommended you take over-the-counter medicine – such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen – before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent vaccine-related side effects. It is not known how these medications might affect how well the vaccine works. However, if you take these medications regularly for other reasons, you should keep taking them before you get vaccinated. It is also not recommended to take antihistamines before getting a COVID-19 vaccine to try to prevent allergic reactions.
If you have questions about medications that you are taking, talk to your doctor or your vaccination provider.
Don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines
Wait at least 14 days after your COVID-19 vaccine before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine. Or if you have recently received any other vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
However, if you do get a COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to be revaccinated with either vaccine. You should still complete both vaccine series on schedule.
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