Influenza vaccines are developed each year to protect people from the strains expected to be most prevalent. Viruses in the vaccine are inactivated or attenuated, so it is not possible to get the flu from the vaccine.
Update Date 1/1/2013
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.