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Are flu shots safe to take after recovering from an infection?

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Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar


Practicing since :2008

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Posted on Fri, 12 Oct 2018 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: I contracted flu in late January of this year. It lasted just shy of 4 weeks. A few weeks after I healed from that infection, I contracted the flu again. This time it has been now 8 days and I still cough, have nasal congestion , but, have begun to cough up mucus. The question, is it wise or safe upon regaining my health to get a flu shot after two infections?
Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Better not to take flu vaccine now.

Detailed Answer:


It is advisable not to take flu shot now.

The flu shot is indicated 4 weeks after acute infection.
Since it is only 8 days and you still cough, better not to take flu vaccine now.

Wait for 2-3 weeks more and if you are asymptomatic after 2-3 weeks then you can take the flu vaccine.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Kaushal Bhavsar, Pulmonologist
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