Can a flu jab cause complications in elderly?

Can a flu jab cause complications in elderly?

The flu vaccine is a safe and highly effective method of preventing the flu. Getting a flu shot not only protects you from coming down with the unpleasant symptoms of the flu, but helps stop the spread of it to more vulnerable people and to those who can’t get the vaccine. Without it, the flu would be much more widespread throughout the community.

Most people who get the flu will only experience a few days of symptoms and will recover without any lasting complications. Others, however, can end up becoming extremely unwell. This is especially true for those with a lowered immune system and the elderly. In these groups, the flu can quickly turn into something much more serious and possibly even fatal.

Are There Side Effects to the Flu Jab?

Like any other medication or treatment, there’s always a risk of the flu jab causing side effects. If you do get side effects, they will most likely be mild and will go away in a day or two. Taking paracetamol can help reduce any discomfort after you get vaccinated.

The most reported side effects are:

Soreness at the injection site

  • Redness or swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Mild fever
  • Nausea
  • A general feeling of being unwell

Some of these symptoms can seem like a mild case of the flu, but it’s important to note that the vaccine will not give you the flu. These types of symptoms are a sign that the flu jab is doing it’s job. The flu vaccine works by using a deactivated and weakened version of the influenza virus to stimulate your immune system into making antibodies against the flu.

Serious complications from getting vaccinated are highly rare. If any of these symptoms become worse or don’t subside after a couple of days, contact your GP or pharmacist.

Are Side Effects Worse for the Elderly?

Our immune systems weaken as we age. To help keep seniors safe during flu seasons, they’re often given a higher dose of the flu vaccine designed to boost their immune systems. Because the dose is higher, they may be more likely to experience side effects from the jab.

Any side effects should resolve within a few days and shouldn’t get in the way of daily activities. The risk of getting the flu and developing serious complications is far riskier than the chance of experiencing mild side effects from the flu shot. Up to two thirds of flu hospitalisations and deaths occur in over 65’s.

PTMD’s Flu Vaccination Service in Brailes and Bloxham

If you haven’t already received this year’s flu vaccination, contact Pharmacy to My Door to book an appointment for our flu vaccination service in Chipping Norton and Stratford Upon Avon. We also offer convenient appointments for flu vaccination services in Wellesbourne. Visit our online booking portal or contact us to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

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