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Can you still get the flu after getting the flu shot?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

Yes, however the severity of the symptoms will be less than if you had not received the vaccine. In healthy people, the vaccine provides a good level of coverage against the flu, which usually starts 2 weeks after vaccination. 

In those who do contract the disease regardless of vaccination, the symptoms tend to be less severe and people are less at risk of developing more serious complications, which may lead to hospitalisations or even death.  

Sources & Citations

  1. South Australian Government. SA Health, Flu vaccine frequently asked questions. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).
  2. Centers for Disease Control. Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0199a - Date of preparation May 2018