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The elderly show fewer post-vaccine symptoms than the young: study | India News


MUMBAI: The elderly, who endured the brunt of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, have reacted with fewer symptoms after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine compared to people in the 20-40 age group. This was the widespread observation across the country 29 days after the vaccination campaign began on January 16.
With eight million healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated across the country as of late Saturday, there are a number of observations that have been made by physician groups and associations. For example, most make it work despite suffering post-vaccine symptoms, ranging from fatigue and headaches to nausea. Most of those vaccinated present some post-vaccination symptoms.
Also, women are more likely than men to develop symptoms. The milder symptom theory has been confirmed by a study of 5,396 healthcare workers by the Kochi branch of the Indian Medical Association. Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, head of the Kochi IMA epidemiology cell that conducted the study, said 947 of the respondents were over 60 years old.
The Kochi study, based on an online survey conducted between January 29 and February 4, also found that 66% of those vaccinated reported at least one post-inoculation symptom. The most reported symptoms were tiredness (45%), myalgia (44%), fever (34%), headache (28%), local pain at the site of infection (27%), joint pain (12%) , nausea (8%). ) and diarrhea (3%).
The most acute finding refers to the elderly who have accounted for almost 70% of the deaths caused by Covid-19 worldwide. Infectious disease specialist Dr Tanu Singhal from Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Mumbai said: “Older people have tolerated the vaccine better than younger people.”
A doctor at a municipal hospital in central Mumbai said the elderly have had fewer symptoms of shorter duration. By the way, the WHO a few days ago recommended the use of the Covishield vaccine in people 65 years of age or older despite the lack of evidence on its efficacy in the age group.
“The possibility of having symptoms decreased with age. Older people also had late-onset symptoms, occurring in an average of 13.4 hours (70-79 years), compared with 10 hours in younger age groups (20-29 years) after vaccination, ”Dr. Jayadevan told TOI. About 80% of those who received the vaccine said the symptoms did not affect their work the next day. “Women were more likely to develop symptoms after vaccination. This observation was consistent across all age groups, ”said the study, which is in the prepress stage.
A touchy subject has been the reaction among recovered Covid-19 patients who took the vaccine: While some doctors said recovered patients showed more symptoms after the vaccine, the Kochi study did not find this.

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