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Can I Get The Flu From A Flu Shot
No: The flu shot is a killed vaccine. There is nothing live in it to cause the flu. You may experience temporary discomfort (muscle ache, redness, etc) for a few days afterwards, but this can happen with any vaccine. Flu shots are recommended for anyone over 6 months of age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more
No: No. The flu shot does not always work so you may end up getting the flu despite getting the vaccine. Also the flu shot does not prevent you from getting a really bad cold. But the flu shot does help reduce your chances of getting the flu which at best is a miserable illness to have and at worst can result in hospitalization or death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Flu shot: Flu shots like other vaccines expose your body to either a partially killed or killed virus which triggers your immune system to make antibodies to it. If you get exposed to the virus later, your body is prepared and can rapidly mount an attack against it either preventing you from getting sick or greatly reducing the severity of the illness. ...Read more
Dont come in contact: Only way you can protect yourself from flu without flu vaccine is have no contact with anybody who has flu.That means you don't go to work, dont ride on public transportation, dont fly and basically quarantine yourself from all known or not known people who may or may not have flu.If you are not immune sooner or later it will catch up with you if you get exposed be ready to nurse your influenza. ...Read more
No: When the h1n1 vaccine (swine flu) was created in 2009, it was not included as a strain in the seasonal flu vaccine. So you could get it separately. However, every year since, that strain has been a part of the seasonal vaccine and is not available by itself. There are many strains of flu and each year the cdc picks 2 type a & 1 type b strain that were the most prevalent from the prior season. ...Read more
Yes and no: Yes, it can be of value if your exposure did not give you the flu, since later exposures or different flu strains would be less worrisome. However, it takes about 2 wks for the vaccine to generate enough of an immune response to prevent it.So if you wait until after exposed, it wouldn't stop the progression to illness from that exposure. ...Read more
Confusing question: Not all strains of flu make it into the vaccine so some may get a flu from one of these other strains even if they got a "flu" shot early on. You can also have a mild to moderate systemic reaction to the vaccine if you are allergic to eggs or any other component in the vaccine. Last but not least, you can get ill from something unrelated to the flu shot that you were incubating when you got it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal vs injected: What you mean by activated is unclear. There is no activated vaccine I am aware of. The injected vaccine is prepared from inactivated (killed) virus & cannot give you the flu. You can develop a shot reaction (mild) but it is not the flu. The nasal mist is a much weakened but live virus & rarely causes a mild flu like illness, but far less intense than a regular flu would be. ...Read more
Not usually: The're two kinds of flu vaccines. One is a weakened live virus vaccine given in a nasal form (nasal shot). There is a mild risk of getting the flu from someone who had a nasal flu shot, especially if those around have poor immune system. The other vaccine is made from particles of a dead virus. It is commonly given as a shot into the muscle. One and others around cannot get the flu from this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: There are different types if flu vaccine. The ones given with needles. ( shots ) are made of inactivated flu peices. These cannot produce disease therefore could not get you sick. Flumist is a nasal spray vaccine that contains live virus capable of spreading and causing you (or others) to rarely get sick as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Side effects: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more
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