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Can I catch the flu from the vaccine?

Page last updated 28 January 2022


The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza disease as they are made from inactivated (dead) viruses.

After an influenza vaccination, some people can develop mild, short-lived side effects which can include:

  • Soreness, redness or swelling at the site of the injection
  • Fever
  • Aches


Sources & Citations

8. Centers for Disease Control. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Available at: (accessed 10 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102449  Date of preparation January 2022