PEOPLE AT RISK
WHO SHOULD GET THE FLU SHOT?
Everyone older than 6 months of age can and should get the flu shot. Those who are highly encouraged are people with chronic heart or lung disease, diabetics or those with metabolic diseases, healthy children between 6-23 months, adults 65+, those working with people 65+, emergency service workers, or anyone interacting with those at risk.
Those who should not get the flu shot include people who had anaphylactic reactions to previous immunizations, people with anaphylactic hypersensitivity to eggs, children under 6 months, or anyone with a fever on the day of the shot.
Possible Side Effects Following the Flu Shot
Redness at the needle site
These are normal, don't worry.
Exercising the arm or applying a cold pack later in the day will minimize the discomfort. If necessary, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease the pain.
Monitor. Just in case.
Symptoms may start 6-12 hours after the flu shot. If any of these symptoms do not go away in 1-2 days or get worse, see your doctor.
Shortness of breath
Tightness in chest
Feeling of faintness or weakness
Swelling of lips
This is a medical emergency.
If any of these symptoms occur, you could be having a severe reaction to the vaccine. This is a medical emergency! Call for help or go to the nearest emergency clinic. Remember to report any reactions to your doctor.