Novavax vaccine: These are the most common side effects

As with the other corona vaccines, various side effects can also occur after vaccination with Nuvaxovid®, the corona vaccine from Novavax. Studies show that in most cases these are harmless vaccination reactions that go away on their own after two to three days. Symptoms are more frequent, especially after the second vaccination dose. Overall, however, the protein-based vaccine is considered to be well tolerated.

Serious side effects such as inflammation of the myocardium or  thrombosis  are not known to date as a result of vaccination with the recombinant protein vaccine, but rare or very rare side effects are usually only detected in a correspondingly large number of vaccinated people. However, if you have a known  allergy  or intolerance to one of the ingredients, vaccination is not recommended. We present the most common side effects.

Pain at the injection site is the most common side effect

As with the other corona vaccines already in use, vaccination with the  Novavax vaccine can lead  to pain at the injection site or tenderness in the upper arm. This  vaccine reaction  is very common (more than 1 in 10 people) and is not a cause for concern.

Slightly less common, but still common (more than 1 in 100 people) is swelling and redness at the injection site. This also usually subsides within a day or two.

Cool the affected area to relieve discomfort in the vaccination arm and rest the arm for a few days.

Fatigue and discomfort are very common

Fatigue and a general feeling of being unwell or having flu-like symptoms are also possible side effects of the Novavax vaccine. Give your body enough rest and sleep, because as a result of the vaccination, your immune system is busy producing antibodies against  SARS-CoV-2  and thus arming you against a later infection.

Headache from Novavax vaccine

Another very common side effect of vaccination with Nuvaxovid® is headache. Before resorting to painkillers, try home remedies like rest, sleep, and a cold washcloth on your forehead.

It is not yet possible to say with absolute certainty whether painkillers such as  paracetamol  or ibuprofen have an impact on the effectiveness of the vaccine. Experts therefore advise against the preventive intake of pain-relieving and antipyretic drugs. If severe headaches occur after the vaccination and the taking of painkillers seems unavoidable, it is often advised to wait at least six to eight hours before the vaccination. However, the Robert Koch Institute points out that there is not enough data for a corresponding recommendation.

Nausea or vomiting as possible side effects

Also very common side effects of the vaccine are nausea and vomiting. Make sure you drink enough fluids, especially still water and herbal tea are well suited. Ginger is also   a popular home remedy for these symptoms. If you feel like eating at all, it is best to use light foods such as rusks, vegetable broth or oatmeal.

Joint and muscle pain caused by Nuvaxovid®

As with vaccination with other COVID-19 vaccines, the Novavax vaccine can also cause muscle and joint pain in very common cases. The vaccination also often causes  body aches  .

Rest and relaxation are the motto to alleviate these symptoms. Similar to the headache, it is better not to resort to painkillers or at least to keep as long a time interval as possible after the vaccination. Avoid sports and other physical activity to protect your body. In some cases, heat, for example in the form of a heat pad, is perceived as very pleasant.

Fever and chills are common side effects

Fever and  chills  , while uncomfortable, are common after vaccination with the Novavax vaccine. Calf compresses or a cold washcloth on the forehead can help lower body temperature if you have a fever. Sweating therapy is often used for chills by covering the affected person with several blankets. Antipyretics should be taken with care, as should painkillers. To be on the safe side, a high or long-lasting fever should be checked out by a doctor.

Rash: uncommon side effect

Skin problems can also occur after the Novavax corona vaccination. In principle, however, this side effect only occurs occasionally, i.e. in more than one in 1,000 people. You may develop a rash, reddening of the skin, an itchy rash or  hives  (hives). The itching can also only occur locally at the puncture site. Cooling the skin is often perceived as pleasant, for example to relieve itching.

High blood pressure as a possible consequence

High  blood pressure  (hypertension) has also been observed occasionally as a side effect of vaccination with the Novavax vaccine. Monitor your blood pressure and seek medical advice if high blood pressure is persistent or blood pressure gets too high.

Lymph node swelling after Novavax vaccination

Occasionally there may be a palpable enlargement of the lymph nodes. Such swelling of the lymph nodes after vaccination with Nuvaxovid® is normal and not a cause for concern. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign that the  immune system  is active. However, if the side effect lasts longer, it is advisable to seek medical help.


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