4 tips to help you deal with a sore arm after the flu shot
It is normal to experience a sore arm after getting your flu shot. Jaqui Jones, MD, said this simply means that your immune system is working.
She shared some tips for how to deal with or prevent a sore arm when you get a flu shot.
- Keep your arm moving. Moving your arm will not only help to spread the vaccine around, but it can also help prevent some soreness.
- Use an ice pack. If you feel swollen after getting your flu shot, use an ice pack to help.
- Relax while getting the shot. Not tensing up your arm muscle while getting the shot can help to prevent future soreness.
- Take an anti-inflammatory. If you are experiencing pain or swelling, try an anti-inflammatory to help.
“The most important thing about the flu shot this year is to get it,” said Dr. Jones. “Don’t be afraid of a little soreness that will only last a couple of days at max.”
Everyone is at an increased risk of getting the flu and COVID-19 this year due to the pandemic. The flu shot will help you fight the flu and stay healthy this flu season.
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