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Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an adverse reaction in a Texas woman who was hospitalized after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The vaccine is still on pause "out of an abundance of caution" after six extremely rare cases, where women, between ages 18-48, developed brain blood clots.

This is the first of cases to be reported in Texas out of 616,000 doses distributed. The Texas woman was hospitalized with "symptoms that appear to be consistent" with the other cases reported across the U.S. No other information was released to protect her privacy.

The agencies are still gathering data to include with the other cases and DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services Imelda Garcia said any adverse effects should be reported to "It's important to remember that just because something is reported it doesn't necessarily mean that it was caused by or linked to the vaccine," Garcia said.

Symptoms to look for within three weeks of the shot:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC said new confirmed cases will be updated at the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Friday.


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