Are Redness And Swelling Common Flu Shot Symptoms?

A flu shot this year is the best and most effective way to prevent an influenza infection. An estimated 38 million contracted influenza during the 2019-2020 season. Every year, the various forms of the virus are responsible for thousands of deaths. Every year, a new vaccine is developed to combat the newest influenza strain, and every year, thousands of people notice redness and swelling after their flu shotside effects which are perfectly normal and not a cause for concern.

What other flu shot side effects are there?

There are some minor side effects associated with a flu shot, and all age demographics are susceptible to them, including seniors and children. As mentioned, side effects are generally limited to redness and swelling around the site of the injection and can be attributed to the injection itself.

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Other side effects include:

  • Low grade fever
  • Body aches
  • Soreness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

These side effects are associated with the body’s immune system and its reaction to the dead, inactive virus which comprises the vaccine. This is a normal response, and is not a sign of flu infection or more serious side effects. The flu vaccine cannot cause an infection of influenza.

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Are there different side effects for different types of flu shots?

There are several different types of flu vaccines available, including egg-based, cell-based, and recombinant vaccines. They are distinguished according to how the virus— that which is responsible for the vaccine’s antibody production— is manufactured and treated before it is vaccine-ready.

Furthermore, there are several different methods through which the vaccine is administered, via hypodermic needle, patch, or otherwise. The CDC does not express a preference among licensed vaccines.

Regardless of which type of vaccine you get, all may potentially cause the side effects listed above. Any effects you may experience will generally go away within a day or two, after which you will be protected against the current season’s influenza strain for 4 – 6 months.

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