Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can the flu Shot Give Me Influenza?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Monday, 28 Oct 2013 10:09 AM

Question: I don’t get the flu shot because I got the flu from it once. But my doctors says that's not possible. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
It is not possible to get the flu from the killed influenza virus in a flu shot. You may, however, get nuisance flu-like symptoms after any vaccine that usually lasts no more than two or three days.
But those symptoms are much better than the potentially life-threatening complications and tremendous work loss and suffering seen quite often with influenza.

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