Claim: More than half of the children surveyed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) had a systemic reaction after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Taken out of context: According to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published on September 2, 2022, systemic reactions were reported for “2,649 (55.8%) children aged 6 months–2 years.”
- However, the report also said that “systemic reactions are expected after vaccination” and “serious adverse events are rare.”
Most systemic reactions are mild: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a report in June 2022 that said the following systemic reactions are most common:
- Irritability and decrease/loss of appetite are commonly reported in clinical trial participants aged 6 months to 3 years (36 months) who received Moderna vaccines, and in Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients, aged 6 months to 23 months.
- Fever is commonly reported in participants who received Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines
- Sleepiness is reported in those who received Moderna vaccines.
What are systemic reactions? According to the US CDC and the American Family Physician (AFP), systemic reactions are a type of vaccine side effect. Both the US CDC and the AFP said that there are two types of side effects:
- Local reactions: Occur where the shot is given and include reactions like injections site pain, swelling, and redness.
- Systemic reactions: These include reactions like fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, irritability, rash, and drowsiness.
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