More than 9 million people in the U.S. get sick from flu every year.
But only 42 percent of adults get a flu shot.
There are some common myths out there about the flu shot.
Let us clear them up for you.
Myth 1: flu shots can give you the flu.
There's no way flu vaccine can cause flu infection.
These vaccines are made of inactivated viruses so they're not live viruses.
The most common symptoms you hear after getting flu shot are, people complain of soreness
and redness or swelling.
Rarely, people do have some low-grade fever, but this should go away in 2 days.
Myth 2: Flu shots don't really work.
They do work.
Flu shots do work.
Flu shots decrease the risk of hospitalization and deaths due to the flu.
Myth 3: Pregnant women shouldn't get a flu shot.
Pregnant women should get a flu vaccine.
The vaccine does not only protect the pregnant woman, but also the newborn who will be receiving
the antibodies from the mom.
Myth 4: Healthy people don't need a flu shot.
Healthy people do need flu shot.
The flu virus not only affects sick people but it does affect the healthy people also
and can lead to multiple complications.
The other reason why its important for the healthy people is that healthy people
do interact with sick people or the most vulnerable people like infants, or pregnant women, or
older people with multiple medical problems.
Myth 5: If I get the flu, I can just treat it with antibiotics.
No flu is a virus so antibiotics are good for bacterial infections but not flu.
Myth 6: I'm allergic to eggs, I can't get a flu shot.
The latest guidelines do suggest that even people with an egg allergy, a mild form of
egg allergy, can get a flu shot with no need for being observed in the office.
For those people who are really concerned about about an egg allergy there are certain
types of flu vaccines that don"t use eggs in their production
Myth 7: It"s already December, there"s no need in getting a flu shot now
No it s not too late.
Not too late.
The flu shot is recommended for the whole flu season.
Flu season can range from October all the way to May.
Myth 8: I got a flu shot last year, I should be OK.
The virus keeps changing, keeps mutating every year, so the vaccine that one has got
last year may not be effective the next year.
Everybody above six months of age should get flu vaccines.
Don't let these myths keep you from protecting yourself.
Get your flu shot today.
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