Symptoms of Flu Shot (After Side Effects & Treatment)

Checkout Symptoms after Flu Shot. The flu shot is a vaccine given with a needle, usually in the arm. The seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are few symptoms associated with the Flu shot (After Effects). You cannot get the flu from a flu shot. The risk of a flu shot causing serious harm or death is extremely small. However, a vaccine, like any medicine, may rarely cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Almost all people who get influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.

Flu Shot Symptoms and Side Affects

Generally, a Flu Shot comes with few Side Effects and these Symptoms include the following:

Soreness on the Flu Shot Site

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This is one of the most common side effects and symptoms of a Flu Shot. After the Flu Shot, you may find redness and soreness on your upper arm. This Symptom might last for 2-3 days.

Few doctors suggest taking ibuprofen before the flu shot, to reduce the pain from after effects.

Headache : Symptoms of Flu Shot

Headache Symptoms of Flu Shot

In some cases, patients who has taken a Flu Shot might have a Headache that may last a day or two.

This is not a common symptom of Flu Shot unlike soreness mentioned above. Proper sleep is recommended for that day to keep the headache in check.

Instead of popping a pill when you get a headache, toss back some almonds. For everyday tension-type headaches, almonds can be a natural remedy and a healthier alternative to other medicine.

An aching head does not inspire one to get active, but getting up and moving-outside in fresh air if possible- can help loosen up tight muscles causing a headache.

Fever : Symptoms of Flu Shot

Fever Symptoms of Flu Shot

This is another common symptom and side effect after a Flu Shot. Patients may experience fever of 100F or less.

The fever from a Flu Shot might not last more than one day. The most common treatments for fever include over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).

Is Flu Shot Recommended Every Year?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would unequivocally say: yes you should. In fact, early this year they for the first time recommended that essentially everybody should get a flu shot every year.

You may want to consider two facts about flu shots before making a decision:

1. flu shots do not eliminate severe disease, as polio, tetanus and other childhood immunizations do; they blunt the effects of what is usually, in healthy adults, a moderate disease

2. influenza viruses constantly change over time (every year is different), so it is not exactly like shooting a (therapeutic) gun at a stationary target (as polio is)

Any medical decision should balance benefit against risk, and when it comes to immunizations, both are expressed in epidemiological terms.

What one Patient Says about Flu Shot

At first I thought flu shots were just unnecessary.  Who cares if I get the flu?  Not me.  It’s not really that bad.  I never get the flu anyway.  I get a cold sometimes, that’s about it. No big deal.

Then one year I decided to get the shot.  I forget why.  No particular reason.  One year we got them free at work, it was just really easy, no appointments to make, didn’t even need to leave the building.

Well, that year, I didn’t get the 6-week long horrible cough and losing-my-voice thing that I usually get.  Wait!  That was the flu?  I had no idea.  I just didn’t know that what I was suffering through was the flu.  I thought it was a cold.

Now I get the shot every year.  I’m not sure I really NEED to not get the flu, but it is definitely a lot more convenient.

Conclusion : Flu Shot Symptoms and Side Affects

I don’t openly advocate against the flu shot, but I usually don’t get it myself because I’m generally suspicious that doing unnatural things to my body is going to lead to bad results. So the idea of injecting a cocktail of chemicals into my body doesn’t appeal to me.

If you have any further questions on Flu Shot Symptoms and Side Effects, you can post your question below in our comments section.

Updated: December 2, 2017 — 5:47 pm

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