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flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. is this contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu.

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