Flu Shot Myths

 

With flu season fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. If you are hesistant, below are explanations to a few myths that often keep people from choosing to get vaccinated.

Call your Meriter Medical Clinic to schedule your flu shot today!

Flu Shot Myth:
I cannot get the flu vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding.

Fact:
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding can increase the risk of serious influenza related complications. Vaccination can occur in any trimester. Discuss any concerns with you Obstetrician or Pediatrician.

Flu Shot Myth:
I can get influenza as a result of the vaccine.

Fact:
Viruses in the flu shot are not live and cannot cause disease. If you get the flu shortly after being vaccinated, you may have been exposed to influenza before receiving the shot. The vaccine may not have had enough time to develop full protection.

Flu Shot Myth:
I never get the flu so I must be immune.

Fact:
Studies have shown that flu is extremely common and no one is naturally immune. Even if you had the flu last year,  you can get it again this year.

Flu Shot Myth:
The vaccine isn’t effective.

Fact:
The flu shot effectiveness ranges from 70-90%. The flu shot will prevent or at least lessen the severity of flu symptoms. It takes two weeks after receiving the shot for protection to develop.

Flu Shot Myth:
I’m not in a high-risk category so I don’t have to be vaccinated.

Fact:
Once sick, even when symptoms are mild, you can spread severe disease to others for up to five days.  Shedding of the virus occurs 1-2 days before flu symptoms even appear.

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