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Some COVID Long-Haulers Report Reprieve After Vaccination   

Some people with long-haul COVID-19 symptoms are reporting they felt better after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine – one of the latest revelations that both patients and researchers are learning in real time about the viral disease.   

COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness and persistent symptoms – even in young adults and people with no or few underlying medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The top long-haul symptom reported by individuals is fatigue.  

While more studies are needed to confirm anecdotal evidence from long-haul patients, there are positive signs emerging.  

A recent observational study of 44 vaccinated people – most of which had persistent symptoms of long COVID – found that they had a small improvement in their symptoms and some of their even symptoms went away, compared to a group of 22 unvaccinated people with long-haul symptoms.  

Social media groups for long-haul COVID patients are also documenting the phenomenon. A poll conducted on Facebook by Survivor Corps found 40% of respondents experienced relief from their COVID long-haul symptoms after receiving the vaccine. However, some individuals also reported worsening symptoms after receiving the vaccine.  

It’s too soon to tell the long-term impacts of COVID-19 vaccines on long-haul patients, and more research is needed by the scientific community.  

The CDC are recommending individuals age 16 and up receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from a COVID-19 illness.  

Talk to your doctor if you were treated for COVID-19 before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, especially if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have questions.  

Scientists continue to learn more about COVID-19 immunity from both infections and vaccines. The safest way to gain protection against COVID-19 is by getting a vaccine. 

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