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Common flu shot complications

In 2016, about 40% of Americans opted to get a flu shot to protect themselves from influenza viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While medical professionals strongly encourage people of all ages to get flu shots each year, the effectiveness of the vaccines and the complications that can arise are not well-known.

How effective is it?

The effectiveness of the flu shot is dependent on multiple factors. One of them is how well-matched the flu strain is to the one in circulation. The CDC says vaccines typically reduce the risk of catching the flu by about 50-60 percent. This means that 40-50 percent of the time, the flu shot does not protect us from the current prevalent flu strains.

Side effects of the flu vaccine

Common side effects of the flu shot include soreness, swelling and redness at the site of the injection. There can also be a low-grade fever and joint aches in the body. Dizziness and fainting can also occur as a result of a flu shot, even if you are young and healthy.

Another common side effect of the flu shot is a reaction on the upper arm where the vaccine was injected. You may experience warmth, redness, slight swelling and some soreness in the area of the injection. It is important to seek medical attention if the discomfort persists beyond three days.

Severe side effects

People who get the flu shot may contract Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). The condition is characterized by paralysis and weakness in the person. It is most likely to occur in people who have had it in the past.

Other severe side effects could include Bell's Palsy, paralysis of one side of the face, decreased blood platelet count, permanent brain disorders, hives, inflamed spinal cord, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and sudden blindness and pain upon moving the eyes.

Getting compensation

If you feel that you or a family member has been injured by the flu shot, you can pursue compensation. You will need to find a lawyer who understands the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program with you in court. Our law firm has helped many people secure favorable court rulings.

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