Flu Shot Side Effects: Trivalent Flu Vaccine

Everyone has most likely heard about the famous flu shot, Trivalent Flu Vaccine. If you are one of those people that hangs onto every word your local news media says, then you have probably already ran out to your local Food City or CVS and got your flu shot. For those of you who are hesitant to partake of this risky treatment to prevent the influenza, you may be right to do so.


Most Common


The standard dose, Trivalent shots (IIV3), is administered by a needle, with the deltoid muscle being most popular intramuscular injection site. There are not many risks to getting an intramuscular injection except for pain, soreness, and numbness, which are very common. Infection at the injection site has also been noted, but only occurs if the needle is dirty or proper, aseptic technique was not used.

To read more about how the Flucelvax is developed and processed be sure to check out the CDC website. There you will find everything that you need to know about how the virus is created by using animal cells as a hot for growing the influenza virus.


Appropriate Age


The Trivalent Flu vaccine has been approved for children as young as six months old. It is also safe for all other age groups, but elderly over the age of 65 may need the High dose Trivalent Flu vaccine. Your primary care physician will determine, which Flu vaccine dose is appropriate for you and whether or not, you should actually take it. There are some individuals, who should not be given the Flu shot, and those include children under six months of age, life threatening allergies to the vaccine, egg allergies. It is still questioned whether or not someone that has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome should partake.

Side Effects


Everyone that takes the Flu vaccine may or may not exhibit any side effects and if they do most of them are harmless. Swelling, soreness, and redness at the injection site is very common and ice can be used to eliminate or relieve the symptoms. Low-grade fever, aches and pains are also common side effects. You can take an over the counter analgesic and antipyretics such as Tylenol or ibuprofen as directed.

It is slightly possible that Flu vaccines could potentially be related to Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome. There are life threatening side effects to the Flu vaccine, but in these cases the individuals were highly allergic to one or more of the ingredients found in the vaccine. This is very rare, but if you decide to take the Flu vaccine and begin to experience dyspnea (shortness of breath), tachycardia (increased pulse), wheezing, and hives seek medical attention immediately.