No, a flu shot cannot give you the flu. Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine). In randomized, blinded studies, where some people got flu shots and others got saltwater shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot. There were no differences in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat.
Information on the Flu Vaccine Finder is dependent upon vaccine clinics and health departments for providing accurate and up to date information to HealthMap, who administers this tool. The American Lung Association does not assemble, verify or organize such data, or produce or distribute vaccines, or verify or endorse the quality of services provided at any clinic, or provide medical or other advice about who should get a flu vaccine. Links to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder on this site are provided as a public service to assist individuals in finding vaccine clinics. Individual clinics may experience supply disruptions or may run out of vaccine. The American Lung Association urges all individuals to confirm clinic locations, hours, eligibility and availability.