How Long Do I Need to Wait Between Having Surgery and Getting a Flu Shot?

Patients should wait at least two weeks after surgery before getting a flu vaccination, advises Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. The flu vaccine can cause fatigue, feelings of discomfort, and redness and pain at the site of the injection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu vaccines offer the best protection against influenza, and the CDC recommends annual influenza vaccines to everyone 6 months of age and older, reports Mayo Clinic. Populations at increased risk for influenza complications include young children, pregnant women and senior citizens. Individuals who are allergic to eggs or have had a bad reaction to previous flu vaccines should talk with a doctor before getting the flu vaccine. As of 2015, the flu vaccine is available in two forms: a shot and a nasal spray.