Can flu shots make you sick?

Not like Flu can! Typically, the most you'll get is a little soreness at the site of the shot. Low fever, mild rash, or a little "yucky" feeling for a day or so may happen, but flu shots can not give you the flu. Period. It's a dead vaccine and can't cause the flu. The risk of getting the sick and getting bad complications is sooo much higher with the flu compared to any form of the vaccine. No comparison.
Uncommon. Some folks do get a mild flu for a few days after the injection. There has been controversy about potential neurological complications from flu shots, ever since the "swine flu" scare, but still not clear if these shots cause an acute nerve disorder called guillain-barre. I usually advise my ms pts to get the shots, but avoid any live viral ingestions such as intranasal. Shots seem safe.

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Should I get a flu shot if I've been sick?

Yes. If you have recovered , yes. If are suffering a minor illness, yes. If you are suffering currently a more severe illness, such as pneumonia, your doctor may want to delay. Read more...

Why should I get a flu shot if I never get sick?

Immunity/safety. Every year different strains of influenza virus circulate through the world. Some are very serious, causing high rates of complications and death. Yearly influenza vaccination protect populations from influenza, reducing the chances of an individual becoming ill or having a vulnerable person an individual comes into contact with becoming very ill. Read more...
Agree w Dr. Ponce. How would you feel if you transmitted influenza to someone who became very ill or died from it? We have more to protect then just ourselves. Take care. Read more...

I get vary sick when I get the flu shot should I still get it?

Yes. people who report illness after the flu most likely are experiencing their immune system revving up in response to the vaccine. Low grade fever aches, etc are not uncommon. It is NOT the flu, flu is an entirely different animal. High fever, severe aches and pains where it hurts to move, cough and other respiratory symptoms that can last weeks. It is a misery that is best avoided. . Read more...

How long should you wait after being sick before getting a flu shot?

Get your flu shot. Your immune system can "multitask". It is unlikely at this point of the season that you have genuine influenza, and your immune system can handle whatever cold you might have currently and, as well, the inactive (dead) virus-particles that constitute the influenza vaccination. Read more...
It depends.... If you have a simple cold, even with a low grade fever, you may receive a flu vaccine. If your fever is above 101, i would wait until you feel better before receiving the vaccine. Keep in mind however, that the sooner you become immunized, the sooner you will be protected! if york are less than 50 years old and do not have active asthma, you may want to consider the nasal flu vaccine, flumist. Read more...

Can you feel a little ill/suppressed a couple days after getting the flu shot?

Mgt. After receiving the flu vaccine, you may feel a little bit achy, but if it lasts more than 48 hours, I would advise an evaluation. Read more...

Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

No. It's too late to get the flu shot if you already had the flu, not if you or people close to you are "already sick." too many people think getting a flu shot is supposed to stop you from getting sick. It does, but it only stops you from getting sick with the flu, and nothing else. There are many, many illnesses, and the flu shot protects you from the flu. Read more...