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Ask the Expert: The Flu Vaccination

11-21-2016

Ask the Expert: The Flu Vaccination

Katie McCurry, PA-C

South Point Family Practice - Stanley

Q: Does the flu shot give you the flu?

A: The inactivated flu vaccination (injection) will NOT give you the flu. It is a virus that isn't active.

While the flu shot does not give you the flu, it is still possible to get the flu after receiving the injection. This can happen for a couple of reasons. First, you may have waited too long for the vaccination. It takes two weeks for you to build immunity from the vaccine, so if you were exposed within those two weeks after getting the injection, you certainly could get the flu. Second, you may get a strand of the flu that the vacinnation didn't cover. The influenza virus is remarkable for its high rate of mutation, or how quickly it changes. New vaccines are created each year to hopefully match the circulating viruses, but there is always a chance a virus may be circulating that is not in the vaccination.

With that said, the flu can be life-threatening. Because of this, the flu vaccine protects not only you, but those around you, such as babies, who cannot receive the flu shot until they are six months old.

See your medical provider or local pharmacist today to get your immunization before flu season hits!

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