Before the five new Mylan-generic versions of the Varicella-zoster vaccine are approved and go on sale by May, the Federal Drug Administration will ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve them as safe and effective. (In fact, it’s the first time ever that the FDA has had to make such a determination on this vaccine.) So what could go wrong if Covid-19 flops? The FDA has set several regulations to keep out viruses in its vaccines, as many are no longer covered by patent litigation. At first glance, these safety precautions seem protective enough, but nobody expects it to all be perfect.
Things to keep an eye on
For example, according to the FDA’s list of possible side effects, the vaccine can induce post-exposure fever, a serious complication of a vaccine reaction that can lead to hospitalization. The vaccine can also produce a rash that would cause your skin to feel warm and sore. A family’s cell chemistry isn’t the same as a single person’s, and the immune system can differ. And you should always bring water, tissues and a washcloth with you to your shot.
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