Flu Season 2019: Why Your Upper Arm Hurts After Getting The Shot


Government health officials have been calling on the public to consider getting vaccinated to reduce their risk of being affected by flu amid this year’s season. However, many people have been expressing concerns about the vaccine, including its potential side effects. 

One common concern is the pain in the upper arm after getting a flu shot. Some people think it could be a sign of negative effects or that the body may not be responding well.

Flu vaccine really causes sore arms. However, it is not an indication of anything bad happening in your body. 

The shots make the arms sore because of “a great big wad of fluid” delivered into the muscle from the syringe, according to Dr. John Dunn, medical director for preventative care at Kaiser Permanente Washington. There is no reason for people to be afraid of the flu vaccine. 

“Everybody reacts a little bit differently” to getting the shot, he said. “The key thing for people to do is to keep using your arm and moving it around.”

Flu Seasons in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there is now a growing number of people being affected by the flu this year. The government has been closely monitoring Washington because of the high rates of infections. 

The state’s Department of Health (DOH) reported that from September 2018 to September 2019 at least 245 died because of the flu. The agency annually monitors flu season from the fall of one year through the fall of the following year. 

Majority of those deaths occurred in King County, with 54 dead residents. Piece County followed with 42 deaths, Snohomish County with 26 deaths and 11 in Kitsap County, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.

The rates of death were higher in the 2017-2018 flu season, when 296 people died. The government at that time recorded the highest number of flu-related deaths within the decade. 

The CDC recommends that anyone older than 6 months should get vaccinated against the flu every year. A flu shot should be considered even during a mild flu season.

flu vaccine In 2018, flu sent more than 500,000 people to hospitals and caused 50,000 deaths across the U.S. Pixabay

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