Should you have the flu vaccine?

As there are all kinds of myths surrounding the flu shot, we share some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you decide whether a flu vaccine is for you.

“The flu shot is only for people who get sick easily.” The annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent yourself from getting sick and from spreading the flu to others.
“Flu is not that serious; if you get it, you can enjoy a few days in bed.” The flu shot saves lives and keeps people out of the hospital — because the flu can be deadly.
“A flu shot can give you the flu, because they inject you with the flu virus.” You will NOT get the flu from a flu vaccine, but you may feel crummy or feverish after the shot, which is a sign of your immune system revving up to make antibodies.
“Pregnant women should not get a flu shot.” It is safe for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine, and it can also protect the baby from getting the flu after birth.
“If you have already been immunised against flu, you don’t need a shot again.” We need a new flu vaccine every year because the flu shot doesn’t give us lasting immunity, and the virus mutates frequently.
“The flu shot doesn’t work, because you still get the flu even after having a flu shot.” There are typically two reasons why you would get the flu even after you get the vaccine. The first is that the prevailing strains don’t exactly match the ones in the vaccine, and the second is that you were exposed to the virus right before you got the vaccine.
“The flu shot has dangerous side effects and should therefore be avoided.” Compared to the known benefits of the flu vaccine, serious side effects are rare enough that they shouldn’t deter any healthy person from getting the flu vaccine.

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