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Allergic reactions versus side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 3:44 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -As more Americans are becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, there are rising concerns about allergic reactions to components found in the vaccine.

“There are risks with anything that you can have an allergy to it,” said Kali Rubenthanler Great Plains Health Family Medicine Physician. “With the vaccine, if you are allergic to an ingredient found in the vaccine, it is not advised to get it. When it comes to environmental allergies, it does not play any role in whether you should be vaccinated or not.”

After receiving a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there are ways to identify the differences between allergic reactions and side effects.

“A true allergy with the vaccine will show up with hives, difficulty breathing or anaphylactic reaction as opposed to chills or a side effect,” said Rubenthanler.

Doctors explain that side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine are a normal immune response, and show how well the vaccine is working to create the antibodies against any exposures in the future.

The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has similar components to the influenza vaccine. If people are allergic to ingredients found in flu shots, it is recommended for them to chose other vaccination options.

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