As Fall came knocking on our doors just the other day, and the weather can change at any moment. Some days are hot and some are chilly. Pass by any Walgreen’s or CVS, go into Wal-Mart and you will see a sign for Flu Shots.
I am not a shot kind of girl, but after going to college and living in community areas, they highly recommended getting a flu shot every year. Since then I just make it a habit to do so. Also working with babies and young children, they also recommend I get the shot. One thing I had always heard that scared me was that getting the flu shot could give you the flu This is a myth. According to Flu.gov “A flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot. There were no differences in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat.”
I have also heard that the flu shot is not safe. This is also a myth. According to familydoctor.org, “The flu vaccine is safe. There are very few side effects. If you got the flu shot, your arm may be sore for a few days. You may have a fever, feel tired or have sore muscles for a short time. If you got the nasal-spray vaccine, you may have a runny nose, headache, cough or sore throat.”
According to Flu.gov “all person who are 6 months of age or older should get the flue vaccine as long as there are no contraindications.” If any of the following apply to you, please consult your doctor before getting the flu shot.
I also have always heard that if you get a flu shot you can still contract the flu. This is not a myth. FamilyDoctor.org says, “Even with a flu vaccine, you aren’t 100% protected. Each year, the flu vaccine contains 3 different strains (kinds) of the virus. The strains chosen are those that scientists believe are most likely to show up in the United States that year. If the choice is right, the vaccine is 70% to 90% effective in preventing the flu in healthy adults. If you’re older than 65 years of age, the vaccine is less likely to prevent the flu. Even if you get the flu after being vaccinated, your flu symptoms should be milder than if you didn’t get the vaccine. You’ll also be less likely to get complications from the flu.”
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Source: Flu.gov and FamilyDoctor.org