I had my flu shot this afternoon. In about 8 hours I'll start a low grade fever, chills, headache and body aches, and will be lying around for a few days without feeling 100% back to normal for a week... that's just how it is for me, every time. It's like influenza "lite."
My 13 and 10 year olds get their flu shots and always complain about intense arm pain for the first day or two. As an incentive they are allowed a lot of screen time the day of their shots, but this does not distract them from the pain. They require a steady stream of tylenol to (barely) tolerate it.
Dh generally has no problem with the flu shot aside from a little soreness.
Given our wide range of reactions to the shot, some of which are very unpleasant... I am always conflicted about vaccinating my youngest children. I usually can't bring myself to do it. I tell myself that having the rest of us vaccinated protects them somewhat. This year I am seriously considering letting my 3.5 year old get the shot for the first time. I have to decide by Monday. I am very reluctant to vaccinate my 1 year old.
The recommendation is to vaccinate everyone over 6 months old. If you are a household that gets the flu shot, do you vaccinate everyone over 6 months? Or do you make an exception for the little ones, and why?
(As a side note, I do get the flu shot when I am pregnant and going to be in the 2nd or 3rd trimester during flu season, just because of the awful statistics regarding that cohort. Maybe it's hypocritical that I will subject a developing fetus to the vaccine but not a 6 month old.)