Influenza leads to hospitalizations and deaths every year. However, the flu vaccine only causes mild side effects that usually are better within a day or two. The risk of developing severe flu related complications is much greater than the risk of flu vaccine side effects.
Making sure you and your family are vaccinated each year is the safest way to protect against the flu. The benefits of getting vaccinated against the flu far outweigh the risks.
CDC – Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines
Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia – A Look at Each Vaccine: Influenza Vaccine