What to do if you have a serious reaction to the flu vaccine

Millions of people get the flu vaccine every year in the U.S. The majority of those people have no symptoms or minor symptoms that go away after a couple of days. For a small minority, however, the flu vaccine can cause a severe allergic reaction or lead to a serious injury.

Common side effects that may go away

If you start to have symptoms after the flu vaccine, they may be common symptoms that will go away quickly. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this includes a low fever, aches and pains and soreness where you got the shot. These symptoms often appear within hours or days of getting the flu vaccine, and will go away within a few days.

If you have serious side effects

While serious side effects are very rare from the flu vaccine, they can happen. If you are experiencing serious side effects that last more than a few days, you should:

  • See your doctor as soon as possible: It is vital that you get medical attention as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need. The flu vaccine has been known to cause, in rare cases, serious complications such as Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome or an allergic reaction.
  • Document your side effects: Keep notes about your trips to the doctor and the symptoms you are experiencing. This record can help you down the road when working with medical and legal professionals.
  • Speak with a lawyer: If you have suffered a serious injury as a result if a flu vaccine, you can take action. An attorney with experience in vaccine injury cases can help you bring a claim and guide you through the process of securing compensation for your injuries.

Attorney Robert J. Krakow represents clients who have been injured as a result of vaccines, including the flu vaccine.

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