Am I a candidate for a flu shot?

With certain exceptions, children and adults should get a flu shot every year. Certain flu vaccines may not be recommended in certain situations. Different vaccines are approved for different ages. Rarely, some people with certain health conditions or severe allergies to any ingredient should not get vaccinated for influenza.

Why choose Advanced Surgical Technology for flu shots in Southern Illinois?

We focus our multidisciplinary practice in Southern Illinois on primary care, general surgery, vascular surgery, cosmetics, mental health and aesthetics. Our office-based lab can help make services quicker and easier for our patients. For flu shots and many other healthcare needs, you can rely on us to provide the highest quality, comprehensive care. 

What can I expect with a flu shot?

Most flu vaccinations are given by injection with a needle into a muscle of the upper arm.  A flu shot is a quick procedure and can be delivered in the privacy of our Primary Care offices.

Will I have side effects after a flu shot?

Common side effects of a flu shot are:

  • Soreness or aching in the arm where the shot was given
  • Redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site
  • Headache, nausea, or fatigue
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Sore throat (with nasal flu vaccine)

These symptoms usually improve or resolve within a few days. Although it is not common, some people may also experience a low-grade fever (below 101 degrees).

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