A 35-year-old male asked:
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in the years that i take an annual flu-shot, i don't get common cold too. is there a link ?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Vaccine prevents flu: The influenza vaccine is formulated each year to protect against the strains of influenza that are likely to cause problems that year. There are many other viruses that cause colds that are not protected against by the flu vaccine, so, sadly, you may still get a cold or series of colds during the flu season. To reduce your risk, keep yourself healthy, eat a good diet, and get rest and exercise!
Answered on Jul 1, 2013
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Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: The influenza vaccine is specific for the influenza virus and its strains. The common cold is usually due to rhinovirus, and often other viruses. If one contracts the influenza virus, s/he will be much more ill than with the common cold.
Answered on Oct 8, 2018

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