Myth Busting Flu Shots

Getting a flu shot isn’t for everyone, and we get that. But since there’s always so much confusion surrounding flu vaccines,  we want to clear up a few of the common myths that are floating around out there. Before you make a decision either way, give this a read and get the whole scoop. If you have more questions about flu shots, or the flu, feel free to post them in the comments below. 

Myth: The flu shot will give me the flu!

Fact: A flu shot cannot cause the flu. The flu viruses in a flu shot are not active, which means they cannot cause infection.

 

Myth: Getting a flu shot is a hassle.

Fact: Nowadays, you can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office, most pharmacies, and many employers even offer on site flu shot clinics. And, flu shots have become very affordable. Many insurance providers (including PacificSource) offers flu shots at no cost when you visit a participating provider. And don’t forget, it’s always ok to ask “how much will this cost?” when you visit your doctor or pharmacy.

 

Myth: Getting the flu stinks, but it’s not a big deal.

Fact: About 200,000 people are hospitalized every year with the flu. While most people make a full recovery, if your immune system is already in a weakened state, it can actually lead to death! Getting a flu shot is an easy way to avoid getting sick.

 

Myth: You can only get the flu once during flu season.

Fact: In a standard flu season, there are usually a few strains of the flu virus. So even if you’ve already had the flu, it’s still a good idea to get a flu shot.

 

Myth: I got a flu shot last year; I should be good for this year too.

Fact: Every year, researchers suggest that a new strain of the flu will be out there. So to make sure you’re vaccinated with this year’s strain, it’s best to get vaccinated every year.

 

Myth: If you don’t get your flu shot by November, don’t bother getting it.

Fact: It’s great to get your flu shot before the winter hits, but flu season doesn’t usually peak until February, and sometimes even later. So if you miss your November window, no biggie, get one when you can.

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