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What are the usual side effects of a flu shot for a child?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Fever and soreness: The most common side effect is fever , soreness and occassional cold like symptoms. Most often there are no side effects.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Which side effects of a flu shot for a child are most common?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Soreness/fever/irrit: Most children have no unpleasant side effects from flu vaccine but some may get soreness and swelling at the site of injectionwhich is self limiting, low grade fever and irritability.
New York, NY
A 49-year-old female asked:

What are the side effects of a flu shot?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: Vast majority of the people have no side effects, other than minor soreness at the site. If you are allergic to something in the vaccine, you could have local swelling redness, pain, itching etc and in rare cases a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. There may be the usual effects of a needle stick. It is important to mention all your allergies to the person giving the shot.
Dayton, OH
A 38-year-old female asked:

How long does the side effects last after receiving a flu shot?

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
3 days: Shoulder discomfort might a little longer.
A member asked:

What are the negative effects of a flu shot?

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Urgent Care 19 years experience
Several: Generally any reaction is possible with flu or any immunization. You can still get the flu , or get headache bodyaches. You could get a site infection from the injection. Some people have strange reactions. I like to think positively and hope that we prevent you from getting flu. There is a long list of things on the flu websites i would probably check that out.
A 49-year-old member asked:

I am anxious about getting a flu shot. Will it hurt and what are some of the side effects?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Get your shot: There are few things in medicine that have helped more people than vaccines. The pain is brief and usually only soreness for a day or two afterward. Some get mild flu-like symptoms, but not nearly as bad as getting sick.

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