Can I receive a flu vaccine while recovering from a cold or other illness?

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You can receive a flu shot if you are recovering from a cold or other illness, as long as you do not have a fever. To be on the safe side, though, call first to find out your doctor's policy. If you do have a fever, reschedule your flu shot appointment.
Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics

You can receive a flu vaccine while you are recovering from a cold or flu, but try not to do so until your fever is gone (without Motrin or Tylenol) for one or two days.

While your immune system can handle the vaccine, your temperature can rise with any vaccine. If you do not have a fever already, this is not a problem. If you still have a fever, it might make you feel miserable just as you were starting to feel better. 

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