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You are what you expect

Here’s a shocker: People who expect side effects from a coronavirus vaccine are more at risk of suffering side effects than people who don’t expect them.

At least that’s according to a small study (551 unvaccinated U.S. adults) from the University of Tulsa which was just published in the journalĀ Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. in which the study participants were asked about their expectations for seven common vaccine side effects widely publicized by the U.S. CDC: pain at the injection site, fever, chills, headache, joint pain, nausea and fatigue.

The study participants were then followed for three months, and according to the researchers there was “a clear link between what people expected and what they experienced.”

So hey, how’s this for free advice (which, as you know, is worth the price): don’t expect any side effects when you go for your vaccine and you won’t get any.

See how hard it is to be a doctor?