Can I catch the flu from the vaccine?
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
Sources & Citations
2. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Australian Immunisation Handbook - Influenza. Available at: immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/influenza-flu (accessed 11 March 2020).
10. Centers for Disease Control. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Available at: www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm (accessed 11 March 2020).
SPANZ.IFLU.18.04.0165(3)a Date of preparation- March 2020Show All