Is the Flu Shot Right for You? 5 Flu Shot Myths

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We’ve officially entered flu season, and as you ponder the best ways to boost your immune system, you might consider a flu shot as part of your preventative care. Getting a flu shot has become both common practice for dedicated believers year after year, and a topic of controversy among the likes of herbalists and followers of the anti-vaccine movement. However, there are some myths to be debunked when it comes to the subject.

Flu season runs from October to March, and many states have already reported their first cases. No one wants the flu, or has time to be bed-ridden for a week with coughing, fevers, body aches, and the dreaded reality of not being able to keep anything down. So just how many people are getting flu shots?

Research shows that about 40% of people skip the flu shot altogether. Could certain myths surrounding the shot be to blame for this? Maybe. According to Kmart Pharmacy, a new survey found that while nearly 94% agree that some people are particularly vulnerable to getting the flu or having a serious case of the flu, typically 41% do not get the flu shot.

From July 29 through August 6, an online survey was taken by 2,230 Kmart Panel Members asking for their thoughts and beliefs on Flu shots. Following the survey, five myths were identified, based on percentages of people citing them as a barrier to getting the flu shot. Kmart Pharmacists then weighed in on debunking the myths, using scientific research and studies on the flu vaccinations.

Myth No. 1

The flu shot does not protect me from the virus.

Truth: The flu vaccine is intended to create a stronger immune system to help keep you from catching the bug, and lessen your chances of spreading the flu virus to others.

Myth No. 2

I never get the flu so I don’t need a flu shot.

Truth: No one is immune from getting the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months should receive a flu shot. The flu shot helps protect yourself and others from getting the flu.

Myth No. 3

You can get the flu from getting the flu shot.

Truth: No. The flu shot cannot cause the flu because the vaccine does not contain any of the live virus.

Myth No. 4

My decision to get the flu shot only affects me.

Truth: False. If you are sick with the flu, there is a chance that you may infect your family, friends – and even co-workers. You should stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.

Myth No. 5

Pregnant people cannot get a flu shot.

Truth: Flu shots are a safe way to help protect a mother and her unborn child from serious illness and complications of flu, and prevent spreading flu to others. Make sure you share this knowledge if your partner is expecting.

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