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Can I catch the flu from the vaccine?

Page last updated 03 April 2020

No, and this is a common myth.

The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza as they are made from dead (inactivated) viruses. 2

In some rarer situation people can develop some mild side effects associated with the flu vaccine. These include: 10

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

Sources & Citations

2. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Australian Immunisation Handbook - Influenza. Available at: (accessed 11 March 2020).

10. Centers for Disease Control. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Available at: (accessed 11 March 2020).

SPANZ.IFLU.18.04.0165(3)a Date of preparation- March 2020