While it’s not super common, I got it. Because of course I did.

I have an amazing knack for catching every sickness that goes around. Cold season? I’m sick. Stomach bug circulating? Yeah, I’ll get it.

So, when it’s flu season, you better believe I’m getting my flu shot. I know that getting the vaccine doesn’t mean I’m completely protected against the flu (I mean, who am I kidding with my luck?) but as a health reporter, I’ve done enough stories on otherwise healthy people who have died from the flu to make me want to get any protection I can—even if it just means I’ll get a more minor case of the illness.

With that in mind, I got my flu shot on Wednesday. And by Wednesday night, I came down with a fever. I had chills, sweating, and all the other fun stuff that comes with a fever. So, I bundled up in bed, took some acetaminophen, and tried to sleep it off. The next morning, it was back. I took some acetaminophen again, and went about my day. And, by that evening, I had a low-grade fever again. WTH?

Wait, can the flu shot really cause a fever?


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