It's over before you know it. You can't get sick from flu shot, it's a dead virus that's injected. If you are allergic to eggs, or latex, you cannot get shot. Also, if you have a cold, or flu, they will wait until you are well. As recently as a few years ago, it wasn't administered to babies or pregnant women in first trimester, that's all changed. You can get the nasal spray( Flumist) if you are afraid of shots, if available. It Is the live virus,and the doctor can let you know if you qualify.
2 years ago
Last edited at 9:02AM on 10/20/2011
Almost totally painless, and no, you DON'T always get sick after the shot, as one person said happened to them, tho it is a possibility. It would be a very mild side effect, tho. They do formulate the flu shot on the most common flu going around, but there are different strains of viruses that cause the flu, so if you're exposed to one that the shot doesn't cover, oh yes, you will catch the flu, despite the shot! I wouldn't get one unless you're older, like me, or have a compromised immune system from another illness. Don't go in for the shot if you have a cold, fever, or anything along those lines-go when you feel totally healthy. The shots are offered at your doctor's office and at the "Minute Clinics" that are opening up in many of the larger chain drug stores. Medicare pays total cost if you're on it, don't know about Medicaid or private insurance tho. Otherwise it runs about $20, & at least one chain drug store is offering a $5 gift card if you have no insurance coverage. I too hate needles-if I can handle a flu shot, anyone can!
The shot doesn#039;t hurt but sometimes my arm is sore for a day or two after. You are injected with dead virus so you don#039;t get sick from it either. Flu Mist is sprayed up your nose. It is made from a small amount of live virus. Obviously that doesn#039;t hurt. They won#039;t give live virus to people with compromised immune systems. My teen still gets Flu Mist because he hates the needles. The baby. I get my shots at the county health department. They ask for a donation of $15. They are free to those who can't afford them. No questions asked (other than health).
2 years ago
Last edited at 9:34AM on 10/20/2011
Just a tiny pinch. Not painful . it is rare to get sick but sometimes you might be already incubating a cold or flu and then it' s just a coincidence that u get sick after. if u feel u r coming down with something don't get the shot