Can the flu shot give me the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot give you the flu. While you may experience short-term side effects after your vaccine, it is not the flu. Vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against flu illness.

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1. What is seasonal flu?
2. How can I protect myself and others from the flu?
3. Who should get vaccinated this season?
4. Can I get a flu vaccine if I recently had COVID-19?
5. How effective is the flu shot?
6. What are the risks from getting a flu shot?
7. What are the side effects that could occur?
8. Can the flu shot give me the flu?
9. Why do some people not feel well after getting the flu shot?
10. What about people who get a seasonal flu vaccine and still get sick with flu-like symptoms?