nervousmom asks:

Can you get the flu from a flu shot?

i am getting my son the seasonal flu shot. He's already had the swine flu shot. I have heard that people get sick from getting the flu shot. Is this true?
In Topics: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu), Physical Health
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Nov 17, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Nervous Mom:

No, you cant get flu from the shot.  It is a killed virus for H1N1 as well as the seasonal flu preparation and does not cause illness.  You can be incubating a virus or flu at the time you received the vaccine which will not stop and incubating illness however.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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Dr. Hillary
Dr. Hillary writes:
You can't get the flu from the flu vaccine, as it contains a dead virus that cannot divide.  We get sick with the flu after catching a live virus that multiplies in our bodies.  That's what makes us sick.  However, after receiving the flu vaccine, it takes approximately 2 weeks to develop full immunity against the flu.  Therefore, there is a chance of getting the flu shortly after receiving the vaccine if you get exposed to a live virus.
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