Education.com
Try
Brainzy
Try
Plus
Black Friday sale on now! Save 50% on PLUS and Brainzy with coupon BLACKFRI. Learn More
nervousmom
nervousmom asks:
Q:

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

|

Expert

Wayne Yankus
Nov 17, 2009
Subscribe to Expert

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
Resources:

Did you find this answer useful?
3
yes
1
no

Additional Answers (1)

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.
> 60 days ago

Did you find this answer useful?
3
yes
1
no
Answer this question