Top 5 Myths About the Flu Shot

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

There are many myths about the flu, such as can the flu vaccine actually give you the flu?

We are finding out the answers to your questions by uncovering what is fact or fiction when it comes to rolling up your sleeve and getting the flu shot.

Misconceptions about the flu shot are spreading like a virus so lets uncover the top 5 myths.

"I feel like I have a powerhouse immune system,"says Anthony Tutino, who doesn't get the flu shot.

"The flu can be very serious but it is one of those common illnesses we take for granite, but it has the potential to be sometimes fatal," says Angela Jessie, AP-RN.

And the most common misconception.

"My friend Chelsey got the flu shot last year and the next day she got a really bad case of the flu,"says Niccolaw Estrob.

"Of course that is not accurate the flu shot that we give it is a dead virus, so it makes your body maintain an immunity to the flu. You may still get the flu but it would probably be a much less severe case,"says Jessie.

Jessie says it takes 2 to 4 weeks for full immunity to kick in...Now to myth number 3.

"I don't believe in the flu shot. I don't believe it works."

"Strands that the flu shot this year they of course developed those based on what we've seen in the past. The ones that we are seeing this year are being covered in the flu shot that we have,"says Jessie.

And to number four is the pain worth the gain.

"It doesn't seem worth getting pricked with a needle if you don't like getting shots," says Tutino.

"No probably the people who say that have never had a bad case of the flu,"says Jessie.

And finally, myth number 5, only older people should get the shot.

"Six months and above need the flu shot,"says Rick Matthews, Pharmacist.

Hopefully this helped answer some of your flu questions.

Jessie says she has already seen numerous cases of the flu this season, and its affecting all age groups.

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