Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Ashworth Elementary / 6700 Silo Road, Arlington, TX 76002

What You Think You Know About the Flu Shot Could Be Making You Sick!

Myth #1: I believe Flu shots cause the flu.

Contrary to popular belief, the injectable vaccine (AKA, the traditional flu shot) contains only dead viruses and cannot cause influenza. Fewer than one percent of people who are vaccinated develop influenza-like symptoms, such as mild fever and muscle aches, after vaccination.

… But I got the flu after getting a flu shot. What gives?

Protective immunity from the flu develops 1-2 weeks after vaccination, so the disease you developed was the result of being exposed to someone with the virus before the vaccine produced immunity, not the result of the vaccination itself.

Myth #2: The flu shot is not effective. I just don’t believe in it.

The truth is, the flu shot prevents influenza in 70 - 90 percent of healthy people younger than 65 years. That means that your chances of developing the flu if you’re exposed to it and get the flu shot are only 10 - 30 percent. Those are pretty good odds … whether you believe it or not!

Myth #3: I just don’t get the flu.

Just because you don’t feel sick doesn’t mean you aren’t contagious. People can contract the influenza virus and not develop symptoms but still be carrying the virus. Also, flu symptoms don’t usually appear until one to two days after the virus has been contracted. In these instances the person is a carrier of the virus and may unknowingly spread the virus to vulnerable family members and co-workers. The most effective method of protecting yourself, your family and others is to get the flu shot.

For more information about the flu, go online to www.cdc.gov.
 


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