04 December 2008

Possible side effects of the vaccine

Unfortunately, this vaccine is not without its side effects. Here's what you can expect.


Unfortunately, this vaccine is not without its side effects:

  • Soreness at the site of the injection is common – this will only last a day or two.
  • A fever and muscle aches may start within 12 hours and again will only last a day or two. This is very uncommon in adults, but not uncommon in children and the elderly.

If you have these symptoms it does not mean that you have caught ‘flu from the vaccine, but that your immune system is responding to the vaccine. If you get these symptoms more than a day after you received the vaccine, or if they last longer than two days, then it is almost certainly an illness not related to the vaccine.

Reviewed (2006) by Dr Jane Yeats MBChB, BSc(Med)(Hons)Biochem, FCPathSA(Virology).


Get a quote


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Strenghten your immunity »

Keep your immunity strong Immune system boosters Boost your family's immunity

5 immune boosters in your kitchen

You don’t need a handful of vitamins and supplements to keep your body healthy, check out these five immune boosting foods you probably already have in your kitchen.

Laugh a little »

Eat yourself happy Laugh more and live longer Laughing yoga the best medicine

The healing power of laughter

A good chuckle doesn't only make you feel happy for a moment, it's beneficial to your health too.