Post vaccination symptoms may seem like influenza infection, but the injectable vaccine does not contain any live virus and therefore cannot give you ‘the flu’.
Most side effects to the flu vaccine are mild and short-lived.
Common side effects may include pain, redness and swelling at the injection site. Fever, tiredness and muscle aches and pains may also occur. These side effects can start several hours after vaccination and may last one to two days.
What to do in the event of side effects?
Paracetamol can be beneficial for mild fever or pain and a cool damp cloth can also reduce pain at the injection site. Contact your Doctor if you have any other concerns.
Health Direct is also available on 1800 022 222 should you need any further advice. For any severe reaction, call an ambulance 000 or go to your closest emergency department
Any serious adverse reactions to the vaccine should be reported to the WA Vaccine Safety Surveillance (WAVSS).
It is important that you contact Work Health Professionals on 9204 1999 if you have any significant adverse events in the few days after your vaccination so that this report can be filed.
Thanks and stay well this Winter!