Health Desk – 11 Mar,2021: Women feels stronger pain then men after getting COVID-19 vaccines . Experts say the estrogen in women’s bodies produces a stronger immune system reaction to vaccinations.
- Researchers at the CDC say women tend to have stronger side effects to COVID-19 vaccines than men.
- Experts say this isn’t unusual with vaccinations because the estrogen in women’s bodies is designed to elicit a stronger immune response.
- They add that women still shouldn’t hesitate to get the COVID-19 vaccine because the potential consequences of the disease are far worse than the vaccination side effects.
Frontline workers Shelly and Scott Blomgren were among the first people in the United States to get the COVID-19 vaccine in January.
The afternoon after their second shot of the Moderna vaccine, it was clear to Shelly that their reactions to the vaccine were remarkably different.
“He was fine,” she told. “Me? I was dying. I’m a tough cookie. I can take pain. But this was awful.”
Blomgren said she struggled for almost 2 days with “the worst body aches I’ve had in my life,” along with chills, fever, and exhaustion, while her husband went on with his work and life with just a few chills.
Two days later, they were both fine and fully vaccinated.
What the Blomgren’s experienced is apparently repeating itself in many homes across the nation.
A reportTrusted Source released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that of the first 13.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses given to Americans, reports of side effects were coming at a higher rate from females.
In fact, 79 percent of side effects reported came from women, although only 61 percent of the vaccines were given to women.
A common occurrence
The study results aren’t concerning to infectious disease experts.
They point out that a stronger response from women to other vaccinations has been seen for years.
Experts suspect that in women, particularly premenopausal women, the levels of estrogen help activate the immune response to illness and, therefore, to vaccines.
Men, on the other hand, have more testosterone, a hormone that can somewhat dampen or slow down the same response.
Simply put, women in general have a stronger response to vaccines because their bodies are quicker and stronger when it comes to activating what the vaccine introduces in the body.
“Infectious diseases in general are always about the immune response and not the bug,” said Dr. Larry Schlesinger, president and chief executive officer of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.
“In women, there is an exuberant and stronger response [to many vaccines],” he told. “There’s actually a lot of science behind this.”
In the past, Schlesinger said, a stronger response in females has been seen and studied in vaccines for yellow fever, DPT, influenza, and other illnesses.
Schlesinger said estrogen encourages the body to produce more T-cells, the reactor cells that protect us, when a vaccine is introduced.
Thus, he said, we see the quicker and stronger response many women experience.