The flu shot…a dreaded endeavor for some, but a necessity when the seasons change from hot to cold, and cold to hot. You’ve heard the flu shot can make you sick, or it will protect you from being sick, or both. Each body is different, so each person has a unique experience when receiving this particular type of annual medicine. There are, however, some myths flying around about the flu shot, and what ensues after the fact. We are here to set the record straight! Fear not, there is no longer any reason to wonder what you can expect after receiving the flu shot, and what the normal vs. abnormal side effects are.
You’re probably no stranger to having the flu – coughing, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, maybe even a fever – most of these symptoms can be easily taken care with some rest, liquids, chicken soup, and over-the-counter medicine.
In fact, most people who get the flu will have only mild symptoms. They won’t need medical care or prescription drugs and they will recover in less than two weeks. So – if those are the facts, then why would anyone need to get vaccinated?
You wake up in the morning ready to take on the day, but by lunch time you’re sneezing and feel a sore throat coming on. “Probably just allergies…” you tell yourself. By the time you get home in the evening, your body aches, your head aches, and even though it’s 40 degrees outside, you’re burning up. There’s no denying it – you have the flu – but you can’t have the flu! There’s dinner to make, kids to bathe, a house to clean, and you have an important meeting at work tomorrow.