Summary: You CAN get a flu shot if you have a cold. You should not get a flu shot if you have any illness that includes a fever.
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You can get a flu shot if you have a cold.
More Info: Under your doctor's guidance, you can get a flu shot if you have a cold, illness, or respiratory illness without fever. You should not get a flu shot if you have any illness that includes a fever.
Who Should Not to Get a Flu Shot?
Though most people would benefit from getting the flu shot, it's not for everybody. There instances where it can be life threatening such as:
- Those allergic to eggs
- Anyone having had a serious reaction in the past
- People who suffer from Guillain-Barré syndrome.
- Children younger than 6 months
- Those sick with a fever
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
Anyone wishing to lower the risk of getting the flu should get a vaccine. For those who get a flu shot and still get the flu, the symptoms are generally milder. Those most at risk should seriously consider getting a flu shot including:
- Those 65 and over
- Those suffering from long-term chronic diseases such as heart disease
- Those residing in facilities like nursing homes
- Anyone with a compromised immune system
- Pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant
- Children six-months to four years