What Are The Most Common Flu Shot Side Effects?

In 2020, it’s more important than ever to make sure to get your annual flu shot with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Even though getting vaccinated can help keep you and those around you safe, side effects can be a deterrent for some people to get vaccinated. What should you expect from flu shot side effects?

What are the most common flu shot side effects?

The side effects of the flu shot are generally the same for kids, teens, adults, and the elderly alike.

Most people will experience mild side effects that go away within 1 – 3 days of getting the vaccine.

If you can plan your flu shot during a weekend (or any time that you don’t have to perform at work or school), you can take it easy while waiting for side effects to go away.

The most common side effects of the flu shot include:

  • Soreness, redness, and/or swelling at the injection site
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fainting

Are there any long-term effects of getting a flu shot?

No, there are no long-term effects of getting a flu shot.

Flu vaccine side effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The side effects of the flu shot for pregnant women are the same as those outlined above. Similarly, they are typically mild and go away within 1 – 3 days of vaccination.

Is it safe to get a flu shot while pregnant?

Not only is it safe to get a flu shot while pregnant, it’s recommended that you do so. The flu can be worse in women who are pregnant than those who are not, causing potential complications for the mother and baby alike.

You can learn more about flu shots and pregnancy on the CDC’s website.

Can you get a flu shot while breastfeeding?

Yes, you can get a flu shot while breastfeeding. Just like getting vaccinated while pregnant, a flu shot while breastfeeding helps keep the mother healthy to avoid passing the flu onto the baby. This is especially important to protect children under 6 months old, as they are too young to receive a flu shot and are thus vulnerable to the virus.

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