Vaccines

Flu jab side effects, if the vaccine is safe for children and how to get a free NHS jab at Boots, Asda and Tesco

WE often dread the colder seasons because of the flu.

But with the flu jab, we may no longer need to reluctantly brace ourselves for autumn and winter. Read on to find out where you can get a free jab and potential side-effects you may get…

 The most popular form of the vaccine is the nasal vaccine but injections are also available
The most popular form of the vaccine is the nasal vaccine but injections are also available

What side effects will the flu vaccine cause?

Unfortunately, after the flu vaccine you may get mild fever and slight muscle aches over the next few days.

You may also experience flu-like symptoms – but you will not catch the flu from a flu jab.

Common side effects include:

  • a runny or blocked nose
  • headache
  • general tiredness
  • loss of appetite

To avoid muscle ache, docs recommend moving regularly, especially the arm in which you received the jab.

But serious side effects are “uncommon”, the NHS says.

In the event of a severe allergic reaction staff who give the vaccinations will administer adrenaline, to calm its effect.

What is the ‘universal’ flu jab?

Researchers at University of Oxford are looking for 500 NHS patients to try out a new “universal” vaccine against seasonal flu.

The experimental jab would be used at the same time as the existing flu jab.

It targets the part of the virus that…