FACT OR FICTION: THE FLU SHOT CAN CAUSE THE FLU

FACT OR FICTION: THE FLU SHOT CAN CAUSE THE FLU

FICTION, mostly (with one exception):

I have patients who swear by this one. The flu shot, the actual injectable flu vaccine, is in fact an inactivated/killed vaccine. There is no way to get the flu from the flu shot. There are simply no infectious particles in the vaccine. There is, however, a flu “shot” that comes as a nasal mist form. This particular formula is a live vaccine. Consequently, it is possible to get flu-like symptoms with the nasal mist flu shot variety.

Note: Children who have asthma or are 6 months to 2 years of age are only eligible for the inactivated flu shot (the good old fashioned injected version). 

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I'm a pediatrician and a mom. Pediatric AnswersTM is where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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