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If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
General fussiness certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteria of a dangerous reaction.
And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the flu.

In brief: Yes
General fussiness certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteria of a dangerous reaction.
And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the flu.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Any child can be fussy after any vaccine.
This is usually mild, lasts less than 24 hours, and can be relieved by giving acetaminophen. The flu shot offers excellent protection against flu, which is a serious respiratory illness that leads to pneumonia. Tell your doctor about previous reactions when your child is vaccinate, for advice on how to manage discomfort.

In brief: Yes
Any child can be fussy after any vaccine.
This is usually mild, lasts less than 24 hours, and can be relieved by giving acetaminophen. The flu shot offers excellent protection against flu, which is a serious respiratory illness that leads to pneumonia. Tell your doctor about previous reactions when your child is vaccinate, for advice on how to manage discomfort.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Fussiness is not a contraindication to a flu shot.
It is not uncommon for babies to react with slight irritability, fever, soreness or body aches after the influenza vaccine. The reaction generally improves within 1-2 days and a dose of Acetaminophen may help to alleviate the symptoms if needed.

In brief: Yes
Fussiness is not a contraindication to a flu shot.
It is not uncommon for babies to react with slight irritability, fever, soreness or body aches after the influenza vaccine. The reaction generally improves within 1-2 days and a dose of Acetaminophen may help to alleviate the symptoms if needed.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Depending on what you mean by really fussy, I would be very cautious about another flu shot. Although rare there is potential for serious harm if the first shot was indeed a significant reaction. Google flu manufactures warnings concerning flu vaccine reactions reported or VAERS vaers.hhs.gov/reportable.htm‎ to see government lists of reported flu vaccine reactions.
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