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Siouxland doctor weighs in on viral TikTok vaccine trend

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(KTIV) - A common side effect of the vaccine is a sore arm. The newest trend on the video-sharing app TikTok has people doing some interesting exercises after getting their vaccine, to avoid that soreness.

People on the app have been throwing their arm in a circular motion, like a windmill. They say it helps with that soreness after getting the shot.

Dr. Jason Losee, a Family Medicine Physician at UnityPoint Family Medicine in Sergeant Bluff, said soreness after any vaccine is usually caused by the needle going into the muscle and then the muscle tightening up.

Dr. Losee said the trend can help, but it shouldn't be the only thing you do throughout the day.

"Not so much doing one range of motion activity right after the vaccine that is as helpful as throughout that day just not allowing it to get stiff and tight," said Dr. Losee. So, I'd also want them to continue to use their arm. Just another regular activity. Maybe some light stretching after that point too. To more likely decreases the stiffness that will happen."

Along with continued use of the arm, Dr. Losee said you should drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and use things like ice packs and heating packs to help with the stiffness.

"I don't see a whole lot of harm in it, and if they're having fun just kind of sharing their support of the vaccine I'm all for it. I think that it's great getting people excited about it," said Dr. Losee.

Dr. Losee said getting the vaccine in your dominant arm may be more beneficial because you are using it more often than your non-dominant arm.

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