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A 37-year-old male asked:

Why does the flu shot always seem to make me sick within a day or two after getting it? i don't think it is worth it.. am i wrong?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: This depends on the types of symptoms/reactions you are having after the shot. You are not actually getting he flu but your body is reacting to the components of the flu vaccine in the same way it would to the flu itself - thus creating an immune response to protect you from those strains that year. However, if, severe reactions are occurring (go to the cdc website for specifics), see your doc.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Flu shots are typically given during cold season. As a result, a large proportion of people who get the shot will get a cold afterwards. It's pure coincidence; flu shots can't give you the flu. You should get the flu shot every year, because flu is no fun at all.

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