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