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What Flu Shot Side Effects Can You Expect?

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

What are the most common flu shot side effects?

The side effects of the flu shot are typically the same for all age demographics. Most people will experience minor symptoms which go away within 1 – 3 days of getting the vaccine. If you can schedule your flu shot over a weekend (or any time during which you don’t have to perform at work or school), you can rest while waiting for your symptoms to subside.

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 side effects of getting a flu shot?

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

Side effects of the flu shot during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The side effects of the flu shot for pregnant women are the same as those mentioned above. Similarly, the symptoms are typically minor and subside within 1 – 3 days of vaccination.

Is it safe to get a flu shot while pregnant?

Not only is it safe to get vaccinated from the flu while pregnant, but it’s also recommended that you do so. The flu can be worse in women who are pregnant compared with those who are not, causing potential complications for both mother and child.

You can get more information related to 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 vaccinations while pregnant, a flu shot while breastfeeding helps ensure the health of the mother, avoiding passing the flu onto the baby. This is especially important to help maintain the health of children under 6 months old, as they are too young to receive a flu shot on their own and are thus vulnerable to the virus.

Convenient At-Home Flu Shots With Drip Hydration

An at-home appointment not only preserves your time, it’s the safest way to get your flu shot this year. Drip Hydration brings flu shots directly to your door, avoiding unnecessary exposure to the flu and Covid-19 at your local clinic or pharmacy. Our nurses practice the highest safety standards and wear medical-grade personal protective equipment during your appointment for your well-being.