Seems like anyone who believes they got sick from a flu shot won’t stop talking about it. Every flu season is an opportunity to get on stage and recount the experience. Let me ask you, Noisy Flu Shot Complainer, what exactly is your point?
First, it is impossible to get the flu from a flu shot. Second, you probably had a coincidental cold or flu at the time of your vaccination or, third, you willed yourself into having a reaction. There is no solid research to support that the flu shot itself makes people sick.
It is possible however, that you might be hyper-sensitive to your own production of antibodies. For the rest of us, this is nothing more than a feeling of being run down, and it usually goes unnoticed. Drinking lots of water before a flu shot and drinking plenty after will help. Moving the injected arm around at the gym might reduce the length of time you feel symptoms. Getting extra sleep is helpful, too. Personally, I take an over-the-counter pain reliever at the time of my shot, the evening of my shot and again the following morning to prevent a low grade fever, joint pain or soreness at the injection site.
So, Noisy Flu Shot Complainer, what are you getting out of all the drama? The fear you’re spreading is reckless and it puts our herd immunity at risk. In light of the facts, I ask of you, please get over it already.
Free flu shots for socially responsible students are available at the Student Health Center. Walk-in times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 PM to 5 PM and in the morning on Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 PM. Mobile clinics are set up throughout campus and details are posted on their website. Free flu shots are also available during general wellness and women’s health appointments.
If you believe you are having a reaction to the flu shot, go back to the clinic and see the nurse. They will register your case with the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System. Your voice will be heard by the appropriate audience and hopefully you won’t feel the need to carry on year after year.
Nurse Gail and NYU Local provide opinions, not medical advice. Always consult your physician.
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