VACCINE TEAM: My spouse got the vaccine and has body aches and a fever. Does she have COVID-19 and can infect me?

Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 8:36 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - WBTV’s Vaccine Team has answers to your questions as we see more people getting their shots.

A viewer asked, “my spouse got the vaccine and is having some body aches and a fever. Does that mean she has COVID and can infect me?”

The very short answer is, no.

What your spouse might be feeling are the temporary side effects of the vaccine.

The CDC lists these as some of the side effects people have reported.

The agency also says a simple medicine like Tylenol and Ibuprofen should make you feel better.

Another important thing to keep in mind if you are living with someone who has had the vaccine.

Encourage them to continue to practice safety measures any time they are outside the home. Wear a mask. Stay socially distant from people outside your household. And keep your hands clean.

If the side effect persists for more than three days you are encouraged to contact your primary health care provider or contact the clinic where you got your shot.

In very rare cases the CDC reported extreme side effects like trouble breathing, feel very dizzy, have a rapid heart rate, or a rash all over your body,

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