October 24, 2022 by
Lucy Gardner Carson
(Left to right) Benjamin Lee, M.D., Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., and Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.
(OCTOBER 24, 2022) Benjamin Lee, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics; Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics and professor of medicine; and Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine, are among the co-authors of a study published in JAMA Network Open showing that people who experience common side effects after receiving the mRNA vaccine against COVID-19 tend to have a greater antibody response to the vaccine, CNN reported. Post-vaccination symptoms, such as fever, chills, or muscle pain, are a good sign, said the researchers from Columbia University, the University of Vermont, and Boston University. “These findings support reframing post-vaccination symptoms as signals of vaccine effectiveness and reinforce guidelines for vaccine boosters in older adults,” they wrote. And for those who don’t experience the side effects? The study shows they exhibited a positive antibody response too after completing their primary two-dose vaccination series.
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