Since we’re on the topic of flu vaccine side effects, here are some frequently asked questions you’ll want to know about:
Can a flu shot weaken a person’s immune system?
No, the flu vaccine won’t weaken your immune system. In fact, Harvard research indicates that the annual influenza vaccine doesn’t weaken your immune system but actually boosts it.
Will you get the flu after getting a flu shot?
No, the flu shot can’t cause the flu. All flu vaccines used in our country contain “inactivated” copies of the flu virus. Only live viruses can make people sick. Inactivated viruses allow your body to produce an immune response without becoming ill.
Is it okay to have a flu shot AND a COVID-19 vaccination?
Yes. Previous guidance when COVID-19 vaccines were first introduced was to get the COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccine about a week apart.
The data shows it’s safe to get the flu and a COVID-19 vaccine simultaneously. There are also dual vaccines in development in research laboratories that will provide simultaneous protection from both the flu and COVID.
Can you get a flu vaccine if you’re allergic to eggs?
Most flu vaccines are created using eggs, which could cause a reaction in those with egg allergies. In the past, the CDC had advised that people with an egg allergy not to get the flu vaccine. Whereas now, the CDC says that most individuals with egg allergies can safely get it.
But it all depends on how severe your allergy is. If you’ve only had hives as a common reaction to eggs, you can get any flu vaccine that’s otherwise safe for you.
If you’ve had other symptoms, like lightheadedness or swelling, you should only get the vaccine from a healthcare provider qualified to handle an allergic response.
But if you’ve ever had a severe reaction to eggs, the recommendation is that you still shouldn’t get the flu vaccine. If you have an egg allergy, speak to your physician about getting a form of the vaccine that’s safe for you.
Are there long-term side effects from the flu vaccine?
No, there is no evidence-based research hat would suggest any long-term flu vaccine side effects.
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