JESSICA B. LONDA, PH.D.

LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST-DOCTORATE



PO BOX 123

THETFORD, VERMONT 05074

PH. 802-785-2434

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Vaccine Preparation

Some people are having severe responses to the Covid-19 Vaccine, especially to the second dose, and especially with the Moderna vaccine. I am NOT a medical doctor and this should not be taken as medical advice. Please make sure you discuss any self-treatment plans with your doctor to make sure you have the best course of action. 


Here is some information for your consideration:


In general, younger people are having more severe reactions than older people.


Refrain from drinking any alcohol or over eating prior to taking your vaccine.


You are advised NOT to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen PRIOR to injection. If you can tolerate the symptoms without taking anything, that is preferable. You can take medication post injection if needed.


Symptoms may include: injection site soreness, fever, headache, sinus pain/pressure, chills, body aches, vomiting, nausea, dehydration, exhaustion, difficulty sleeping (due to pain, fever, nausea) and others.


In case you have a severe response, you may want to have some things on hand and easily accessible if you are in bed, including:


A thermometer

Anti-nausea medication

Electrolytes (e.g., Gatorade + salt), gingerale, chicken broth, herbal tea

Pain/Fever Reducer (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen)

Sinus/Allergy/Cold symptom reducer (e.g., pseudoephedrine, antihistamine)

Sleep Aid (e.g., antihistamine)

Easy to eat foods (e.g. salty crackers, bananas, toast, eggs, applesauce, rice)

A garbage pail next to your bed

A family member or friend “on call”, who can check in on you every few hours

A clean set of bed sheets

Anything that soothes you when you are nauseated or in pain.


Hopefully, you won’t need any of these, but if you do, you’ll be glad you planned ahead!


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