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Does getting a flu shot hurt?

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick answers questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.

I can never tell someone if the flu shot will hurt because pain is such a personal issue, it just depends. I’ve heard people say, wow, I didn’t even feel that.

But in general, most people don’t feel much pain when they get a flu shot, and the needle is not that big, it’s actually a very small needle.

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