The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Vertigo and Dizziness After Coronavirus Disease-2019 Vaccination: A Nationwide Analysis

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

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Center for Digital Health, Medical Science Research Institute, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

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Department of Pediatrics, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Youngin, South Korea

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Korea

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea

J Int Adv Otol 2023; 19: 228-233
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2023.22937
Read: 10788 Downloads: 570 Published: 01 May 2023

BACKGROUND: Side effects occurring after COVID-19 vaccination can include vertigo and dizziness. Despite its high incidence, few studies to date have assessed dizziness/vertigo after vaccination. The present study investigated the incidence of dizziness/vertigo after COVID-19 vaccination in South Korea.

METHODS: Adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccination reported to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency from February 26, 2021, to July 31, 2022 (week 74) were analyzed. The incidence rates of dizziness/vertigo in subjects vaccinated with 5 COVID-19 vaccines, AZD1222 (AstraZeneca), BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech), JNJ-78436735 (Janssen), mRNA-1273 (Moderna), and NVX-CoV2373 (Novavax), were determined.

RESULTS: A total of 126 725 952 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered, with 473 755 suspected adverse reactions (374 per 100 000 vaccinations) reported. Vertigo/dizziness was reported after the administration of 68 759 doses, or 54.3 per 100 000 vaccinations, making it the third most common adverse reaction after headache and muscle pain.

CONCLUSION: Dizziness/vertigo was generally a mild adverse reaction after COVID-19 vaccination, but it was the third most common adverse reaction in Korea. Studies are necessary to clarify the causal relationship between vaccination and dizziness/vertigo and to prepare subjects for this possible adverse reaction.

Cite this article as: Hoon Kim S, Keon Yon D, Sung Choi Y, et al. Vertigo and dizziness after coronavirus disease-2019 vaccination: A nationwide analysis. J Int Adv Otol. 2023;19(3):228-233.

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