Medically reviewed by: Dr. Robert Segal, M.D.
It happens once a year, around the fall, when we all start to hear more about the flu shot and protecting ourselves from the flu. If you’ve ever had it, you understand the cause for concern. The influenza virus is most common during the winter months.
1. Myth: The flu shot can actually give you the flu.
Rest assured, this is totally untrue. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu. In fact, it’s completely impossible for the vaccine to transmit the infection. This is because it’s made from an inactive virus, according to Robert Segal, M.D., co-founder of LabFinder.com. “It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in. Those who got sick immediately after getting vaccinated thought that it was the vaccine that caused their illness,” he adds. If you did happen to get sick, or perhaps even got the flu, after getting the vaccine, it only means that you were well on your way to getting sick before you got vaccinated.
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Written by: LabFinder Team / Approved by: Dr. Robert Segal, M.D.