Here's the breakdown of what you should do after getting your flu shot:
• Remain within the building for at least 15 minutes. The nurse or pharmacist needs to watch you to see how you react to the flu shot. It is most likely that you will be fine, but a very small number of people can have a reaction that the nurse or pharmacist will need to treat with a drug immediately.
• If you feel faint or short of breath, or experience chest tightness, inform the nurse or pharmacist.
• In extremely rare instances, an allergic reaction may occur. The nurse or pharmacist is prepared to handle this.
What can I expect?
Possible Side Effects Following the Flu Shot
• Sore Arm
• Redness at the needle site
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.
Rare Side Effects Following the Flu Shot
• Muscle soreness
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.
Extremely Rare Side Effects Following the Flu Shot
• Shortness of breath
• Tightness in chest
• Feeling of faintness or weakness
• Swelling of lips
If any of these symptoms occur, you could be having a severe reaction to the vaccine. This is a medical emergency! Call for HELP! Go to the nearest emergency clinic. Report any reactions to your doctor.