Share of Cost, Flu Shot: Side Effects

Saturday, Oct. 1st 2016 6:00 AM

Although side effects are usually very mild, the flu shot can cause pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was given. A few people may also experience body aches or a low fever. Hives on the skin. The appearance of hives can signal an allergic reaction to the flu shot.

In rare cases, the flu shot can cause a severe allergic reaction. When this happens, it usually occurs within minutes or hours after the shot is given. The following are signs that require emergency treatment:

*    Wheezing
*    Swelling in the face
*    Hives
*    Trouble breathing
*    Feeling very weak or dizzy
*    Paleness

Because the viruses in the shot are weakened or inactivated, the flu shot cannot give someone the flu. However, it is possible to get the flu even after getting a flu shot. This may happen when a person is infected with a strain that was not in the shot, or if a person gets the flu before the shot has had time to take effect.

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