Anyone who has experienced the flu (influenza virus), understands how awful it can be. While most people can recover from the flu within 1 to 2-weeks, some individuals can develop life-threatening complications like pneumonia. Thankfully, the flu vaccine can help reduce your chances of getting the virus by as much as 60-percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Just like any other vaccine, the flu vaccine can have side effects. Most side effects are the result of your immune system responding to the vaccine. Some people may experience no side effects, while others may experience mild side effects. In rare cases, the side effects can be severe. Nonetheless, it’s always good to be aware of what you can expect. Here are a few common flu shot side effects…
One side effect you may experience is a headache. If this does happen, it typically occurs on the first day after receiving the flu shot. The good news is the headache should go away within a couple of days.
Along with headaches, you may also experience mild muscle aches and pains throughout your body. Just like headaches, this usually occurs on the first day and goes away in a couple of days.