Flu Shots & Immunizations

Tips for Your Next Flu Shot: Because Nobody Likes Soreness


Relax. We tend to tense up just before a shot, but tensing up will create more muscle soreness.

Plan ahead. Which arm will you use the most? Getting a shot in a dominant arm can be beneficial because constant movement will make the arm less sore.

Take a pill: Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are great pain reducers.

Chew gum or eat candy: Sweets are a great way to limit pain because they release endorphins (feel good hormones) into our body.

Common Immunization Side Effects

Immunizations are a great boost for your immune system and can be beneficial in many ways, but this doesn’t mean they come without a small price. Here are a few minor side effects you might experience after your next immunization.

  • Soreness or pain in the affected area

  • Mild fever

  • Chills

  • Malaise

  • Headache

  • Muscle and joint pain

What is the difference between active immunity and passive immunity?
Active immunity: this results when a diseased organism triggers the response of the immune system and creates antibodies.
Passive immunity: this results when a person is given antibodies to build up the immune system versus having pre-existing antibodies.

Are there risks to not vaccinating?
With so much misinformation circulating on the internet, your opinion on vaccinations might be neutral or even negative. It’s important to be aware of the benefits of vaccinations so that if your child ever has a life-threatening disease, they can be protected.

Why do I need to immunize?
We vaccinate to eradicate any existing viruses. When we stop vaccinating our children, we are making our children vulnerable to diseases without cures. It’s important to keep other people in mind when you vaccinate your own children.

How safe are vaccines?

Though vaccines have been around for years, people still doubt their efficiency and safety. It’s important to remember that everybody is different and can react differently to immunizations. Here is a link that covers a lot of ground on vaccine safety: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/index.html