I plan to go this week too. I got my 1st ever flu shot last year but think now it is a good idea to get them each year, especially since one daughter works in a nursing home and the other in hospital so you never know what germs they may inadvertently bring home. Plus I still do a little babysitting here or there and once the kiddos go to school they are always sick with something.
I get a sore arm every year, sometimes a headache. It can be caused by tension in the muscle when the needle goes in. I've also been told that sore arm, headache, feeling icky is a sign of an immune response, which is desirable as it shows that the vaccine is working.
Don't forget that if it has been 10 years (or more) since your last tetanus shot you need that, too. If you are older, you also need pneumonia and shingles vaccines. I have to get a new round of the last two since those vaccines have been greatly improved. I've had shingles (I used to break out with shingles whenever I knew my mother was coming to visit - she was a very difficult woman) and I can tell you it's painful.
Shingles is very painful and can have lasting consequences in the form of post herpetic neuropathy. Also if you are older there is an enhanced flu vaccine to have along with your pneumonia and shingles, tetanus and measles. Pneumonia, shingles and flu immunizations are likely to be able to get at a pharmacy. The others will take you to a doctor's office.
Got my pneumonia vac at my pulmonology appt but they were actually out of flu vaccine!!! So got my flu shot at RiteAid when I picked up my prescriptions! For me, either of those diseases could be fatal so they are a must have! Now, if I could just keep people in line from coughing on me........:bolt: