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The Latest: How to prepare for your vaccine shot

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A quick how-to: The best ways to prepare for your vaccine

As Yasmin reports, preparing to receive your vaccine dose — whether it’s your first or second — can make your vaccination and the following days go as smoothly as possible. You can take medication like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or an NSAID after your vaccination to prevent soreness and may want to give yourself some time after your second vaccination to manage any side effects.

What we’re talking about on the blog

Yes, the pandemic is aging you. As Markham Heid reports in Elemental, the stress from the pandemic is taking a toll. “I think the chronic stressors that impact our body the most are both unpredictable and uncontrollable,” says one expert. “And the pandemic is both.” Read more here.

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