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COVID-19 vaccine side effects: What's normal and what to look out for


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So far, all three of the available COVID-19 vaccines in the US have a pretty solid track record, especially for a fast-tracked vaccine. Still, vaccine fears and myths abound, and stories about side effects (inflated or not) incite fear among many.

So which side effects are par for the course, and which are cause for concern? Here's what to expect if you get the COVID-19 vaccine, whether you get the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson version -- and how to report side effects to the CDC.

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General vaccine side effects

All vaccines have possible side effects with mild to moderate severity. Typical vaccine side effects include local pain, swelling, redness and sometimes bruising at the injection site, as well as fever and tiredness, says Dr. Roshni Mathew, pediatric infectious diseases physician at Stanford Children's Health

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