Why Do Women Have Stronger Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccines?

Following shots of COVID-19 vaccines some people experienced troublesome reactions. It is normal to have few side-effects such as chills, sweating, flu-like symptoms, fever, These reactions are a sign that the vaccine is doing its job.

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After taking a vaccine, some groups are more vulnerable to developing these side-effects because they are more sensitive to these vaccines. Women are likely to report side effects more often than men even when their symptoms are similar. Men usually do not report side effects, even if serious. Experts believe the behavior of women can be one of the reasons. 

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Studies have shown that biology has a significant part. Women and girls produce more and effective infection-fighting antibodies in response to commonly used vaccines such as the ones for influenza, hepatitis, and M.M.R. than males.

Genetic dissimilarity and reproductive hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can also impact the way a body behaves to a vaccine, making women more vulnerable to encounter more and severe reactions to the vaccine.

Do you have an increased risk of getting severe side-effects?

Many factors contribute to making an individual more prone to develop side-effects after getting the jab. Being a woman is one of these, according to recent and ongoing studies.

Incredibly, women have a reduced risk of getting serious COVID-19 symptoms, but the weakness towards the vaccines is surprising.

A fresh study done by the CDC looked over data from the first 13.7 million COVID vaccine jabs administered to people in the U.S. About 79% of 7,000 people who reported side effects were women. The study also found that all 19 people who had anaphylaxis after the Moderna vaccine were female. With the Pfizer vaccine, 44 of 47 people who had anaphylaxis were women.

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Identical outcomes have been seen in people who have got the Oxford-Astrazeneca or Covaxin shots, though the final report has not come out.

Are women likely to have more adverse reactions?

Previous experience with vaccination such as with the influenza vaccine, measles vaccine, and mumps vaccine have shown that the size of a vaccine dose may also be important. Studies have shown women needing lower doses for the same effect because women absorb and metabolize drugs differently than men.

What can be done to ease off the symptoms?

Being confident, acquiring enough information about the side effects that you might get after taking the shots, and knowing what to do after are the things you have to keep in mind if you are a woman who is planning to get a COVID-19 vaccine jab.

Common symptoms after vaccine shots are chills and tiredness. If you got these symptoms just get enough rest. Resting and taking a break from work are ways to deal with the side effects. After a few days, you can go back to your normal life. Drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet, and exercising properly will also help you to power up your body.

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References

First Month of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Monitoring — United States, December 14, 2020–January 13, 2021


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