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Can the flu vaccine/shot give you the flu?

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When to get vaccinated?
The flu vaccine is available in September and vaccination can take place through the winter months. Peak influenza activity is usually in January or February.

Is the flu vaccine safe?
Yes! The flu vaccine is very safe and effective. Flu vaccine does not cause the flu. People with a severe egg allergy to chicken eggs and those who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past should not get vaccinated.

What is the nasal spray vaccine?
Vaccination via nasal spray flu vaccine is an option for healthy people ages 2-49 years old.


Fri. Oct 17, 10:37am

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I have been in the USAF for over 7 years now and every single year we HAVE to get the flu shot or flu mist (nasal), they don't give us a choice, which I absolutely HATE! I get sick every friggin year after I get that stupid thing!

...Although this is just me..there are some people I talk to who say the shot does nothing to them. It just seems like more people say it actually does get them sick.


Friday, October 17, 2008, 2:39 PM

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I used to get the flu shot when I was little and always always ended up with the flu. Once I was old enough to say no I have been flu free.

Friday, October 17, 2008, 2:43 PM

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I don' understand how anybody can get the flu from the flu shot. They inject you with dead virus cells, just so your immune system will acknowledge them and build up immunity against the live version.

Maybe you were already exposed to the flu at the time you got the shot. Or maybe you have an allergy to the ingredients in the shot. Or maybe you got a different version of the flu -- the viruses mutate frequently. Or maybe you just got another respiratory virus and assumed it was the flu. There are tons of viruses out there.

I used to get the flu just about every winter until I started getting the shot in October. Since 2002 I've been getting the shots, and I haven't had the flu (thankfully).

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 3:44 AM

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I've never had a flu shot in my life

Sometimes I wonder if it's just a cultural thing, and only certain social groups do it.

Anyway, it's been YEARS since I (or my senior parents who also never had flu shots) had any sort of flu.

*knocks on wood* (which is probably just as good, if not better, than a flu shot!)

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 5:17 AM

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flu shot can give you the flu.

check: for more info on all the vaccines you have questions on!

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 6:29 AM

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