GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the investigation was investigating reports of an extremely rare side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine that affected young teens and adolescents who had received an injection.
The CDC reported that myocarditis, a condition that causes inflammation of the heart, was experienced by several hundred people among the tens million who received the vaccine. This side effect is rare and only one per 100,000 doses of vaccine are recorded.
Most often, the side effect was seen in teenagers and young men. It rarely occurred in those aged 18 and older.
The agency says that the vaccine benefits outweighed risks but advised those receiving the injection to watch for side effects.
dr. Rosemary Olivero, who works at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has worked with the families of six local teens — five boys and one girl — who have been diagnosed with post-vaccine myocarditis in recent months.
Olivero explained that the usual side effects of the vaccine included fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and fatigue within days. “Then there was pain in the chest and then it went down to the arm.
Olivero stated that the patients were from different parts of Grand Rapids and had very few common health conditions.
Olivero said none of the teens was very ill. All were treated at the hospital with ibuprofen, and then released.
The CDC has confirmed that patients with post-vaccine heart disease respond to medications and can return to normal activities very quickly.
She said that myocarditis affected patients’ families were not unhappy with their decision to get their loved ones vaccinated.
Olivero explained, “They’ve actually been watching it closely, and basically all my encounters with families said, I wouldn’t change anything.'”
Bad news! Patients who were athletes had their exercise and strenuous activity stopped for several months.
“It can be very difficult to exercise if you’re a teenage athletic athlete. Olivero said.
Olivero said that some myocarditis patients have been able to compete again.
“Some of our earliest teens who were even athletes have resumed their athletic careers and they are doing quite well,” Olivero said. “But, they need to be re-checked by cardiology because we don’t know the long-term effects.