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What side effects do kids get from the COVID vaccine?

Pediatricians and other experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Pediatrician Ilan Shapiro, MD explains for most kids, like adults, the side effects after a COVID-19 vaccine are mild and go a way in a few days.

The good news is that usually kids do way better, and I see it all the time in my office, also. Kids can actually get some side effects and it’s important to actually talk about this, to be prepared and know how to manage them. They can have a fever, they can have, you know, feel a little bit tired, sleep a little bit more, body aches. And even the most common one is actually pain on the arm. And all of them can actually be better managed with over-the-counter medications that we can use for them.

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