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Flu shot side effects

Younger children can experience some side effects from the flu shot. So can all the others but it happens mostly to the youngsters, especially if they are having the shot for the first time. These side effects are not nearly severe. Soreness and pain may occur at the spot where the shot was given. It may even swell up a bit but will normally go away in 48 hours. Fever, rash and even muscle ache can be the side effects of a systemic flu shot. These reactions will occur some 6 to 12 hours after the shot and will last for a day or two. Hives, angioedema and anaphylaxis are really serious allergic reactions, even life-threatening. Luckily, they are pretty rare. This happens to people allergic to eggs because of the egg proteins in the shot.

Flu shot reactions

Fever and fussiness are definitely the fault of the first flu shot. Luckily, they do not last long and the child that has experienced these side effects will be better in no time. This may be considered normal with the first flu shot, but it is definitely normal for the child not to go through this again with the second flu shot. If the fever is severe and does subside, a parent should call a doctor.

Flu vaccine reactions

Nowadays a majority of children are getting the nasal spray flu vaccine, called Flumist. Reactions to this vaccine may be headache, sore throat, slight fever, muscle ache and a runny nose. Other reactions that do not occur as often are cough, chills or tiredness.

Is it just a coincidence?

People should not blame the flu shot for the fever or any other illness that may occur in his or her child after the flu shot. It may be just a coincidence. The chances of a coincidence are greater if a child was already a little sick or was in the presence of other children that are sick.

When trying to figure out whether the symptom is from the shot, people should take some things into consideration. For instance, if a child had a couple of flu shots before and did not experience the reaction, than it is more likely that the illness is caused by something else and not by the flu shot. Another thing to consider is how long after the shot the child got sick. Flu shot reaction occurs in the first 6 to 12 hours. If the child already had a cough or a runny nose and develops a fever after the shot, than it is not because of the flu shot. Because of this it is always best to wait for the child to get better before getting the flu shot. It is important to have in mind that simply because two things happened around the same time does not mean that one caused the other.

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