Vaccines are very safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get influenza illness.
It is important to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after getting any vaccine because there is an extremely rare possibility of a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat, tongue or lips. This reaction can be treated and occurs in less than 1 in a million people who get the vaccine. If this happens after you leave the clinic, call 911. Report any severe, unusual or unexpected reactions to your local public health office, doctor or nurse practitioner as soon as possible.
Injectable vaccines are not a live vaccine and are recommended for individuals who are immunocompromised. These vaccines will be offered to everyone. Injectable vaccines being given in Saskatchewan this year are Fluzone® and FluLaval® Tetra.