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4 Common Flu Vaccine Myths Debunked

Flu Vaccine myths

While flu season may well have begun, it is never too late to get vaccinated against the influenza

virus! If you've been putting off getting the flu shot for whatever reason, it may be due to some

widespread misconceptions about the vaccine. If you have any concerns about possible issues or

adverse effects, we have the information you need! The following are four 4 Common Flu Vaccine

Myths about the flu shot that have been disproved:



1. The Flu Vaccine May Cause You to Contract the Flu


Perhaps you've heard someone say that they contracted the flu after receiving the flu vaccine.

However, the reality is that the viruses contained in the flu shot are dormant and therefore non-

infectious. The only side effects that may occur following the flu shot are a minor fever or fatigue, as

well as possible swelling or soreness where the shot was administered. These are not major

problems and usually resolve on their own. If you experience a serious side effect, such as difficulty

breathing or a rapid heartbeat, you should immediately call your doctor.



2. Annual Flu Vaccination Is Not Required

Another widespread misconception about the flu shot is that it is not necessary to receive it every

year. Due to the fact that vaccination-induced immunity diminishes over time, it is critical to receive an

annual flu vaccine for optimal protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did

recommend that just about everyone aged six months and older receive the flu vaccine each year.

This is true even if the viruses that are shielded have not changed from the previous season.


3. Flu Vaccines Are Ineffective

Some people believe that flu shots are ineffective and that receiving the vaccine is not worth the time

or effort. The CDC conducts annual research to determine the effectiveness of each season

influenza vaccine in protecting individuals against the influenza virus. Recent studies indicate that the

flu vaccine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the flu by between 40% and 60%. Although the

vaccines effectiveness varies by age, receiving the vaccine is always preferable to not receiving it.


4. The Flu Shot Is Too Late in the Season


While you may simply shrug and assume that it is too late to bother after the first few weeks or even

months of influenza season have passed, the reality is that the flu vaccine remains effective as long

as viruses are still present. This could be as late as April or May! While it is recommended to receive

the vaccine by the end of October, it is never too late. Simply keep in mind that the longer you wait,

the more likely to be exposed you become to the flu.


We hope that these 4 Common Flu Vaccine Myths Debunked make you get your vaccine and remain protected.

against the influenza virus!

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