The flu shot is quick and safe. It only takes a few minutes. Here are a few things you can do for a better experience:
- Wear short sleeves
- Take a dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which can help reduce inflammation
- Make sure to drink water before and after your shot
- Relax. The shot is more comfortable if your muscles are less tense.
The seasonal flu shot has been given for decades in the United States to help keep people healthy. A common misconception is that you can contract flu from a flu vaccine. This is not possible according to the CDC because the flu shot uses a deadened form of the virus.
Flu is nothing to mess around with. Most people who get the illness will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, says the CDC. But some people develop complications, such as pneumonia, which may be life-threatening and result in death. In fact, 24,000-62,000 people died from flu during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to CDC estimates.