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What You Should Know About the Flu

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what-you-should-know-about-the-flu-headerSome myths about the flu vaccine can actually deter people from wanting to get the shot. If you've been concerned about getting the shot or if it will work for you, then check out these debunked flu shot myths provided by us as well as help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flu shot can give you the flu: Not true, says the CDC. The viruses in the shots are killed during production so they cannot cause infection. Vaccines are also tested before administered. Some people may not feel that great after the shot but it’s not because they are getting the flu. Soreness at the injection site is a reason, but it goes away within a couple days. Another reason is that your immune system is making antibodies! 

It is better to get the vaccine later in the season: The flu shot will last for the entire season but some children may need two doses. 

The flu shot adversely affects pregnancy: Quite the opposite. The flu vaccine is an essential part of prenatal care since pregnant women have an increased risk for symptoms from the flu. 

You’ve had the flu before and it was no big deal: Between 1976 and 2007, the flu was linked to as many as 49,000 fatalities in the United States, with more than 200,000 hospitalizations. From year-to-year, your response to the flu more differ each time you get it. 

The shot simply does not work: It may not work all the time, every time but it does help with protection. The CDC says from the 2010-2011 season show that it was about 60 percent effective for all age groups combined, and studies from earlier years found protection rates of up to 90 percent.



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