My 15-year-old very healthy, active and fit daughter had the flu shot two weeks ago. Today she woke up this morning with lethargic, chills, shivering, cough, headache and body aches. She is sleeping on and off. Eating a little. It is unusual for her to get anything. No medications or health issues, although she fainted after the flu shot that may have been the needle itself. She was ok after that. Her temperature has been 38, dropped to 36 after Nurofen and is 37.2 again. Medicine is wearing off after 2 pm.
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Attack of flu is unlikely to come. However, it is possible to have some other viral infection leading to such symptoms like fever, cold, running nose, chills, and temperature. In such a situation, it is better to use a drug like Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) 10 mg per kg per dose three to four times a day to control fever and headache, which may be present.
Plus an antihistamine like Cetirizine 10 mg once a day, or Allegra (Fexofenadine) 60 mg once a day also is good. Also give enough oral liquids, preferably oral rehydration solution about a liter per day. This treatment should be continued for three to four days. There is no need for an antibiotic.
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