It’s that time of year again when you can’t turn around without bumping into a sign reminding you to get a flu vaccine, but even with all these reminders almost sixty percent of Americans passed on taking this health precaution last year. Why?
There’s a good chance one of these six myths addressed by Karen Rowan at LiveScience could be what’s holding people back, and, if so, it’s time to set the record straight. After all, isn’t that chicken soup going to taste all the better if you’re not sick?
Myth: You can get the flu, or a mild case of it, from the flu vaccine.
The flu vaccine injection contains no live virus, only viral proteins, said Dr. Dennis Cunningham, an infectious disease specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
“It’s impossible to get the flu, and it’s impossible to spread the flu,” from the injection, Cunningham said.
After the injection, some people may experience pain in the arm near the injection site, or develop a low fever — this is a reaction to the vaccine, not a true influenza infection, not even a mild one, he said.
“People with this reaction are able to go to work, that is not the case with the flu. With an influenza infection, you’re flat on your back, you’re exhausted, hot and hurt,” he said.
The flu vaccine that is delivered as a nasal spray, rather than as injection, does contain live viruses, but these viruses have been weakened, and so they also cannot cause the flu, according to the CDC.
Full story at LiveScience.
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