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if u got the flu shot can u still get the flu?

i hope not im not feeling too good im just wondering

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Asked by twimommy at 7:34 PM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Health

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  • yes.

    And better yet, you can get the flu FROM THE VACCINE.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 7:35 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Yes you can. The vaccine only protects against a limited number of Influenza viruses, there are many others you are NOT protected against. In addition NO VACCINE protects 100%, so you ARE still at risk of catching even those strands which you are vaccinated against...

    Hope you feel better!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 7:36 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Yes definitely! The one and only time I got the vaccine, I got the flu! I don't do that anymore. sigh....

    Answer by m-avi at 7:38 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • the way the flu vaccine works is they give u a tiny bit of the flu so ur body can fight it off and become stronger (build up a resistance to the flu).
    You can feel under the weather after getting the shot because u have the flu in your system and your body is building up its defenses against it.
    That is if you got the flu vaccine in the past week or so.
    If you got it a while back, you may have caught a cold
    you could have caught another form of the flu your body has never experienced before, and you will get that flu.

    Answer by gottalovemal at 7:41 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Yes, you can still get it. However, if you do get it, it's likely that it won't become as severe as if you hadn't had the shot.

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 7:43 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • There is still a chance to get the flu even after you have been vaccinated since the vaccine is only made for certain strands. If you got the shot it was a dead virus so you can't get the flu from the shot but if you got the mist it is a live virus and there is a small chance of getting the flu from it. There are also lots of other viruses floating around out there this time of the year that have flu like symptoms : p
    I hope you are feeling better soon momma!

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 7:44 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • The vaccine only protects against 3 strains and this year one of those is the H1N1. If you are exposed to any of the other 20+ strains you most certainly can get the flu and as with any vaccine they are not 100% so you can still get the strains you were vaccinated for too. You can only catch the actual disease being vaccinated against from live virus vaccines and the flu shot is not a live virus vaccine, but the flumist is. The vaccine can weaken your immune system temporarily after receiving it opening you up to greater susceptibility of catching something else. People really should educate themselves more before injecting foreign matter into their bodies.

    Answer by aeneva at 7:45 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • ok folks flumist is live virus....the injection is a dead virus,it cannot make you sick,it is fooling you immume system into thinking it has a does however take two weeks for it to be working for you...yes you can already have been exposed to a cold or the flu.....thats why they start the push for the vaccine so early in the year, before the flu starts making the rounds...people traveling,holidays and the like.Everyone should get the flu shot unless you are allergic to chickenm,feathers,or eggs or under the age of 5...I used to work for Maxim Healthcare and give the flushots in store clinics....

    Answer by michaux at 7:53 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • yep. As pp have said it doesn't cover every strain just the most common ones. Sorry you aren't feeling well!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:58 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • My children get the flu from the shot. And yes, you can still get that strain and others.

    Answer by sweet29mom at 9:45 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

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