DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The COVID-19 vaccine is being vastly distributed around the Wiregrass, but the side effects may cause a delay in mammograms.
The Society of Breast Imaging recommends women wait to get their mammogram screening because of side effects of the vaccine, including enlarged lymph nodes.
Radiologist at Radiologist Associates of Dothan Scott Bolton said this is normal.
“Some pain in the shoulder or lumps under your arm after the vaccine for the next few weeks is a normal thing that’s a great sign that your body is reacting to the vaccine,” Bolton said.
Bolton said many patients have skipped their mammograms last year, but he doesn’t recommend this. He encourages residents to get the vaccine because of how effective it is.
“With this particular vaccine for COVID-19, it generates a terrific immune response,” Bolton said.
SBI also had recommended women wait for four to six weeks after getting their second dose of the vaccine. With everything going on the most important thing is to get your COVID-19 vaccine.
That doesn’t mean let those regularly appointments fall by the wayside.
“There’s more things going on than just COVID-19 people are still getting breast cancer we still want people taking good care of themselves coming to get their mammogram getting regular breast exams seeing their doctor on regular basis,” Bolton said.