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.

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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...

What happens if it ain't broke, don't fix it - why should I get a flu shot if I never get sick?

Because if you. come in contact with the influenza virus you could become very ill. At that point you would wish that you had gotten prevention (influenza vaccine). Read more...
Prevention. Most vaccines: have low risk, high efficacy. Small pox, Typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria,etc. Flu has some variability since many virus in the groupingH1N1 for example . Read more...

Can you tell me if it ain't broke, don't fix it - why should I get a flu shot if I never get sick?

To prevent. you from getting the flu in the future. Although not completely protective , if you do get the flu - it usually lessens severity of symptoms. Read more...
Poor analogy. For the same reason you buy insurance, wear a seat belt or helmet, or use birth control. You will be well right up until the time that you are not. Read more...

Should my daughter/myself honestly get a flu shot? No flu shots for us yet but people we know who (work, school, etc.) did are really sick w/ flu!

No. I am not a fan of the flu shot as research shows it is not that effective and as you are seeing, many who got it are sick, sick. It is an individual choice. Follow your instincts. Vit d and elderberry can both prevent and treat the flu. Read more...

Can you still get sick if you've had your flu shot?

Yes. The flu shot is relatively good at protecting you from the strains that make up the vaccine as long as you receive it 2 or more weeks before exposure.During any flu season there are flu strains that were not placed in the vaccines ( 3 in vac/max) and you can catch those if exposed. Next yr their may be a 4 strain vaccine but in the past the >3 strain vaccines had limited protection. Read more...
A/W Dr. Ferguson. You may or not be protected against that particular strain. It usually takes 2 weeks to be effective. If you do get it - it is usually attenuated if strain you were vaccinated against. Read more...

Can you get sick with the flu shot?

Not with the flu. You may experience flu-like symptoms while your body's immune system is responding to the vaccine challenge, but the vaccines usually are a killed virus (there is a weakened live virus form available to healthy persons between 2-49 y/o). Read more...

Could someone get sick from a flu shot?

Flu Shots. 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...
Unfortunately yes. Flu shots often cause side effects like muscle/ joint aches, fever,headaches,fatigue and irritability and rarely Guillan-Barre syndrome which causes paralysis (see https://www.drugs.com/pro/fluarix.html). While you can't get flu directly from it,flu shots appear to lower immunity to other viruses including 4.4x risk of viruses that cause sinusitis,colds and bronchitis! https://tinyurl.com/jjmqtvp. Read more...

Can I still get sick with the flu shot?

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 more...