Sivakami Krishnan, whose MD Specialty is Family Medicine shared in the Edwards-Elmhurst Health Blog that each fall, health organizations begin an annual push for people to get flu shots.
Unfortunately, less than half of the adult population takes heed and actually gets a shot. Maybe, relatively young, healthy people think, why bother? Perhaps you’ve even seen a social media post claiming flu shots make you sick.
There’s a lot of misinformation and posted on the internet and social media on just about every topic. Flu vaccines are no exception.
The truth is, flu vaccines can save you (and others) from a lot of sicknesses. Even if you’re healthy.
There are common misconceptions about flu shots. Check out these 5 myths:
- MYTH: The flu vaccine will give you the flu.
This isn’t possible. Flu vaccines are made with viruses that are inactive and not infectious. The only side effect you may feel from the vaccine is some soreness or redness at the injection site.
- MYTH: If you’re healthy, you don’t need a shot.
Actually, you do—to protect other, less healthy people. A healthy person who comes down with the flu will feel miserable, but will likely survive. Others, such as seniors or infants, or those with compromised immune systems, won’t fare as well. If you stay healthy, more people stay healthy.
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