Flu Shot Causes the Flu?

Q. Is it possible to get the flu from taking a flu shot?

A. Flu shots do not cause colds or the flu, although some people may feel “blah” for a few days after getting the vaccine. Since flu shots are given during the height of the cold season, getting a cold is almost always a coincidence of timing. Influenza usually peaks in January or February, so getting a flu shot in December—or even later—may help you ward off the flu this year. You may be able to avoid needles by taking the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray known as “Flumist.” Ask your doctor which form of the vaccine may be right for you.

John “Chip” Harris, Jr., M.D.

Erlanger South Family Medicine

5195 Battlefield Parkway

Ringgold, GA 30736

423-778-2900 or 706-937-9292