Influenza Immunization Record

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Information for Persons Immunized with Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

Most people have no reaction to influenza vaccine. Reactions that do occur are typically mild. Possible reactions are dependent on the type of vaccine received.

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (Injectable)

Reactions occur within 6 to 12 hours after immunization and commonly disappear within 24 to 48 hours.

Possible reactions are:

  • Redness, mild pain and/or swelling where the needle was given.
  • Irritability and/or tiredness
  • Headache, muscle aches and pains
  • Fever and chills

If your arm is sore where the needle is given:

  • Use an ice pack or a cool moist cloth on the area

Take a medication such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol™). Aspirin® (ASA) is not recommended for children.

Live Influenza Vaccine (Nasal Spray)

Reactions peak about 2 days after immunization and last 1 to 3 days.

Possible reactions are:

  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Decreased appetite, weakness, headache, cough and fever

For children requiring two doses of vaccine, symptoms tend to be less frequent following second dose.

If you develop a fever or chills,

  • Drink extra fluids (water, fruit juice)
  • Take a medication such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol™). Aspirin® (ASA) is not recommended for children. Do not give ASA for 4 weeks after live influenza vaccine to children under 18 years of age.

If you have a headache and/or muscle pain,

  • Take a medication such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol™). Aspirin® (ASA) is not recommended for children. Do not give ASA for 4 weeks after live influenza vaccine to children under 18 years of age.

As with any immunization, unexpected or unusual side effects can occur.

  • If you have irritated eyes, breathing problems or swelling of the face, call Health Link Alberta to report the unusual event.
  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) include hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat, wheezing and/or shock (fall in blood pressure). If these reactions occur, tell someone immediately.

If you have any questions about the immunization you had, or have any unusual symptoms after the immunization, call Health Link Alberta at:

  • 780-408-5465 in Edmonton

This phone is answered by registered nurses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.