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What strategies work best to prevent side effects of COVID-19 vaccines from worsening MS symptoms?

For example, how can someone who is heat sensitive mitigate the impact of fever caused by the vaccine?
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Key Takeaway: Currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines worsen MS symptoms and are likely to trigger an MS relapse. Further, the side effects from vaccination appear to be the same among people with MS as the general population.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people experiencing a fever after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to drink fluids, dress in comfortable clothing, and consult their doctor about taking an over-the-counter fever-reducing medicine.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccine side effects among people with MS compared to the general population, click here.

Research about COVID-19 continues to provide new information about the virus and its impact on people with MS. The information on this page was accurate at the time it was last updated on July 25, 2023.