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Can I catch the flu from the vaccine?

Page last updated 23 April 2018

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

  1. Centers for Disease Control. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018).