Top 6 Myths About the Flue Vaccine
True or False:
The flu shot won’t protect me against the flu.
Studies have shown that seasonal flu vaccine is about 70-90% effective in preventing lab-confirmed flu in healthy adults and children. Some people who receive the vaccine may still get the flu, although the symptoms are usually milder.
I can’t give the flu to someone else if I don’t have any
Most healthy adults may infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days.
I can’t get the flu shot because I have an egg
You MAY still be eligible to receive the flu shot. Please consult your health care provider, who will assess the severity of your egg allergy reaction prior to administering the vaccine. Protocols are available for administering the flu shot in people with severe egg allergies.
I can’t get the flu shot because I’m pregnant or
The flu shot is safe for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy and breastfeeding women. Recent studies have shown that it will also protect babies born to moms who have received the shot.
It’s too late now to get the flu shot.
It’s not too late to get the flu shot. Flu season typically lasts from November to April. Protection from the vaccine may last up to one year.
I can get the flu from the flu shot.
The flu vaccine is made up of DEAD virus and will not cause influenza.