Question: When To Get A Flu Shot Following Illness

Can you get a flu shot after having the flu?

The bottom line: If you haven’t had one yet, get a flu shot even if you already had the flu (or a bug you think might have been the flu).

Although the vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid a second case of the flu, it will reduce the likelihood of it and its complications..

What happens if you get a flu shot while sick?

You can still get the flu vaccine if you have a mild illness, such as a cold or sinus infection. People who have a fever or a moderate or severe illness may need to delay vaccination until they’ve recovered. If you’re sick and are unsure if you should receive a flu shot, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

Does the flu shot weaken your immune system?

Getting a flu shot does not weaken your immune system and make you more likely to get the flu. Getting a flu vaccine prepares your immune system for the flu. A flu vaccine teaches your immune system to recognize that virus as a threat.

How long does the flu shot last 2020?

The flu shot offers protection against the flu for at least 6 months. Healthcare professionals usually vaccinate most people in October, when flu activity typically begins to increase, so their immunity will last until the following April.

How long after you are sick can you get a flu shot?

If you’re sick with a cold or other mild illness (respiratory or otherwise) and you don’t have a fever, you can absolutely get your flu vaccine. If you have a fever (temp over 99.5ish), the general consensus has always been that you should hold off on getting the flu vaccine until it breaks.

When should you not get a flu shot?

People who SHOULD NOT get a nasal spray vaccine: Adults 50 years and older. Pregnant women. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. Children 2 years through 17 years of age who are receiving aspirin- or salicylate-containing medications.

What are the negatives of getting a flu shot?

Some possible downsides to flu shots include:only about 40–60% of flu shots are effective in preventing the flu each year.they can take up to 2 weeks to start working.sometimes, they cause mild side effects, such as pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site.More items…•

Why can’t you get a flu shot while sick?

If your body is busy fighting off a different infection, it may not develop strong enough antibodies to the strains of influenza in the vaccine like it would if you were well. This could result in an increased chance that you could still get the flu.

How long do flu shots last?

How long does immunity from influenza vaccine last? Protection from influenza vaccine is thought to persist for at least 6 months. Protection declines over time because of waning antibody levels and because of changes in circulating influenza viruses from year to year.