Wait, Can You Get A Flu Shot When You’re Sick? An Expert Weighs In

Published October 14, 2021

An article published in Women’s Health about whether to get a flu shot when you are sick quotes Timothy Murphy, SUNY Distinguished Professor and senior associate dean for clinical and translational research in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  “In general, if you have a little cold or the sniffles, it’s okay to proceed with a flu shot,” says Murphy. “To a certain extent, it’s a judgment call, depending on how bad you’re feeling. … A reasonable guideline is when you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours,” he says. “But it really comes down to judgment. When you’re feeling good, just go for it.” The article was widely reposted on MSN Canada, Yahoo! Life, KSBW (California), WLKY (Kentucky) and elsewhere.