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Can I catch the flu from the vaccine?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

No, and this is a common myth.

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

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

  • 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