It’s flu season, which means it’s time to get vaccinated. The vaccine is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from getting or spreading the flu. It’s important to get the flu shot each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the viruses that cause the flu can change yearly.
You’ve probably heard how important it is from your doctor and pharmacist, but you might have also heard people talk about it having risks or not working. We’re here to discuss the myths and give you the facts.
Myth– Vaccines are not proven to prevent the flu.
Fact – You are at least 60% less likely to become infected with the influenza virus.
Myth– The flu vaccine can give me the flu.
Fact – Flu viruses used in shots are inactivated, so they cannot cause infection.
Myth– I should wait to get vaccinated so I’m covered until the end of the season.
Fact- Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. It takes 2 weeks for antibodies to develop.
Myth– The flu shot will protect me from every type of flu virus.
Fact- The flu shot is designed yearly to protect against the highest risk/actively circulating strains of influenza.
Myth – It is better to get the flu than to get a flu vaccine.
Fact – Getting the flu shot provides benefits such as the potential to reduce illness and prevent time lost from work.