You do not need to stay home for two weeks after getting the flu vaccine

10 October 2019
What was claimed

You should stay at home for two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine.

Our verdict

This is exaggerated. Only children who have been vaccinated with the flu vaccine nasal spray should avoid close contact with people who have severely weakened immune systems for two weeks.

A post claiming that people who have received the flu vaccine should stay home for two weeks has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook.

It is based on the idea that recently vaccinated people can spread the flu to others. This is largely incorrect. 

The majority of flu vaccines are injected and contain an inactive strain of the virus so cannot give the flu to the person receiving the injection or anyone they come into contact with. 

The only case where this is slightly true is with nasal flu vaccines and immunocompromised people; people with severely weakened immune systems are recommended to avoid close contact with children who have received the spray, as it contains an active strain.  The spray poses no risk to healthy individuals. 

Despite this, immunocompromised people are encouraged to get an inactive version of the vaccine. 

You can read more about vaccine exposure here.

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