Thank you for getting your flu shot

Caleo and Brightsquid thank you for getting your flu shot this season.

It's important to protect yourself and everyone from complications and limit strain on the healthcare system.

Are there side effects from the influenza vaccine?

There can be side effects from the influenza vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:

  • redness, swelling, bruising, or feeling sore where you had the needle
  • crying, feeling tired, or getting upset easily
  • headache
  • fever or chills
  • body aches or sore joints
  • not feeling hungry or not wanting to eat (poor appetite)
  • feeling sick to your stomach (nausea), stomach pain, vomiting, or loose stool (diarrhea)
  • sore throat, cough, or runny nose It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms. It is rare to have a serious side effect after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects. How can I manage side effects?
  • To help with soreness and swelling, put a cool, wet cloth over the area where you had the needle.
  • There is medicine to help with fever or pain. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure what medicine or dosage to take. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Children under the age of 18 years should not take aspirin because it can cause serious health problems.

 

Learn more about the flu and flu vaccinations here: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/hi-flu-influenza-vaccine-information-sheet.pdf 

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