The flu vaccine is important in preventing and reducing the spread of influenza, a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The vaccine helps the immune system produce antibodies that can recognize and fight off flu viruses.
While the flu vaccine is generally safe and effective, it is important to be aware of its potential side effects, possible reactions, and vaccine injury.
If a flu vaccine injury does occur, it may be covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Sands Anderson attorneys can represent you, at no cost to you.
What is the Flu Vaccine Used For?
The flu vaccine is primarily used to protect individuals from contracting the flu and complications that may arise. The flu can lead to severe illness, hospitalization, and even death, particularly in high-risk groups such as young children, older adults, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions.
Getting vaccinated typically helps protect yourself and others from contracting and spreading influenza.
Important Flu Vaccine Information
Below, you’ll find some of the most important information about the flu vaccine:
- The vaccine should be administered annually, as flu virus strains typically change from year to year.
- The vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months and older, with exceptions for individuals with certain medical conditions.
- The flu vaccine can be administered in different ways, including the standard injectable vaccine and a nasal spray vaccine.
- It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection, so it’s recommended that you get vaccinated before the flu season begins.
- Consult with your healthcare provider to determine the most suitable vaccine for you and to address any concerns or questions you may have.
If you have experienced a flu vaccine injury, take our free quiz to see if you’re eligible for compensation.
Other Names for the Flu Vaccine
The flu vaccine is also known by other names, such as:
- Influenza vaccine
- Flu shot
- Flu jab
What are Some Possible Side Effects and Reactions?
Like any vaccine, the flu vaccine can have side effects, but they are generally mild and temporary. Common side effects may include:
- Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- Low-grade fever
- Fatigue or muscle aches
- Flu-like symptoms
Serious side effects and/or vaccine injuries are rare, but they can occur. These include:
- Allergic reactions
- Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS)
- Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
- Nerve damage
- Autoimmune disorders
- Brain conditions
It is important to seek medical attention if you experience severe symptoms after receiving the flu vaccine.
Consult with your healthcare provider to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the flu vaccine.
How We Can Help with Your Flu Vaccine Injury Claim
Flu vaccine injuries may be serious, and you might be eligible for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Sands Anderson vaccine injury attorneys have the skills and experience to file your claim for you and maximize your compensation. We help you every step of the way, at no cost to you.
Look to us for personalized services, geared to your specific injury and situation. And our attorney who is also a physician can advise you about medical help you may need.