Mayo: Vaccines offer benefit against severe long COVID symptoms


August 25, 2023

Eraldo Peres, Associated Press file

A Mayo study found vaccines also show benefits in reducing a key symptom of long COVID.

Mayo Clinic is reporting an additional benefit of vaccination beyond protection from COVID-19 infection - a lower likelihood of severe symptoms if people end up with long COVID.

The study offers some of the first proof about a long-held assumption that vaccination reduces the severity of coronavirus infections, which then in turn forecasts whether people will suffer severe post-COVID symptoms.

Long COVID patients in the Mayo study were much less likely to have abdominal symptoms if they had been vaccinated, which is a big deal, said Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn, medical director of Mayo's COVID Activity Rehabilitation Program.


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