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If I feel flushed and sort of achy, can I still get my flu shot?

General Medicine, WebMD Medical Expert
Nursing

The CDC says you can get your flu shot as long as you're not running a fever. If you simply have a mild illness (without fever), it's OK to get your flu shot.

Of course, if you're allergic to eggs, have had a previous serious reaction to the flu vaccine, or have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, then you should talk to your health care provider before you get vaccinated for influenza.

Given your symptoms, I'd recommend mentioning them to the person or clinic administering the flu shots. They may have a policy about who they will or will not vaccinate, based on physical symptoms like you describe.

Feel better soon!

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