The Flu shot made me sick!

The Flu shot made me sick!

Just yesterday, a friend engaged in casual conversation by asking if I was seeing the Flu yet in my office. “Only one confirmed case so far”, I told her. “Well, a few of my friends got the flu after getting the shot this year” she remarked. She anticipated my response – “You can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine!” Year after year, I hear the same comment- from friends, patient parents, acquaintances, the FOX news network (j). What is happening in these cases? Are people really suffering a side effect of the vaccine itself? The influenza vaccine, like all other vaccines, does incite an antibody response. In fact, its effectiveness lies in its ability to stimulate the immune system to produce disease fighting agents that well, may make you feel a little under the weather for a day or two. Low grade fevers, a few muscle aches and some fatigue are normal and fleeting, and honestly a heck of a lot more tolerable than influenza. But what about…