The Second COVID-19 Shot Is a Rude Reawakening for Immune Cells

Exposing the Big Game

Side effects are just a sign that protection is kicking in as it should.KATHERINE J. WUFEBRUARY 2, 2021

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https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/02/second-vaccine-side-effects/617892/?fbclid=IwAR37htr7JdW8UChpem5zJR5e3RAT308bo3G2lbnsri_-5HFotchj5vRSCMA

At about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, I woke to find my husband shivering beside me. For hours, he had been tossing in bed, exhausted but unable to sleep, nursing chills, a fever, and an agonizingly sore left arm. His teeth chattered. His forehead was freckled with sweat. And as I lay next to him, cinching blanket after blanket around his arms, I felt an immense sense of relief. All this misery was a sign that the immune cells in his body had been riled up by the second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and were well on their way to guarding him from future…

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