Flu-like symptoms for a few hours? ‘Absolutely’ worth it for this woman who participated in the vaccine trial against Covid-19



That’s the magnitude of the side effects Susan Froehlich went through after taking two shots of an experimental Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. And she would “absolutely” do it again if needed.

“I woke up with a terrible stomachache and headache, and it was like being in the early stages of a severe flu,” Froehlich told CNN Friday night at the global coronavirus town hall. “And so I didn’t have anything to take on it then, so I was in a lot of pain until about four hours later, when my husband woke up and I let him get me some Naproxen.”

“All those symptoms disappeared. If I had Naproxen right away, I think those symptoms would have eased faster. But my muscles hurt, my joints hurt, my bones hurt, my jaw hurts,” she said. “But it was only so short.”

She and her husband, Dr. Thomas Froehlich, who is treating cancer patients, received the first dose of the vaccine or a placebo on August 21. Participants in the blinded study were not told which.

After the second dose on September 18, she said she woke up in the middle of the night 12 hours later with pain. “Every part of my body hurt for about four hours,” she told Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Her husband was not surprised by her symptoms, which he said are common when people are on medication.

Susan and Dr.  Thomas Froehlich

He had no symptoms and believes he must have been given the placebo.

Susan Froehlich said she would “absolutely, without question” take the vaccine again if it resulted in a similar response.

“And if it becomes necessary for me to get this once a year, you can be sure I’ll be first in line,” she said. “We have to make sure everyone gets this vaccine. It’s so much better than getting the disease. We now have several friends and family members who have been infected with Covid, and I don’t want to go through it.”

Her husband agreed, adding that he will advise cancer patients to take it because “it is completely safe”.

“What you’re going through is certainly not terrible, and it’s better than getting the virus,” he said.


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