November 1, 2018

How safe is the flu shot? Everything you need to know about side effects and reactions

By Karl W Oestreich

BuzzFeed
by Caroline Kee

The flu shot, like any vaccine or medication, does not come without risks. But these are small and limited to certain groups. So we spoke to two BuzzFeed News Logoexperts about flu shot safety, side effects, and possible reactions to clear things up and put your mind at ease: Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, and Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota…The seasonal flu vaccine has a good safety record. “It’s literally designed to be given to hundreds of millions of people, and studies have been done over the years to keep it pure and safe and non-reactive,” Jacobson told BuzzFeed News.

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Context:  Robert Jacobson, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic pediatrician. You can read more about his medical research here.

Contact:  Kelley Luckstein

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