The Flu Shot: Separating Myth From Fact
MYTH: The flu shot only works if you get it before November.
Getting vaccinated early offers the greatest protection,
but being protected for at least some of the season is
better than not being protected at all.
MYTH: The flu shot can give you the flu.
While you may experience a few mild but annoying side effects
after receiving a flu vaccine, these symptoms are not the flu and
won’t last for more than a day or two.
MYTH: The flu shot is only for people with a compromised
Even healthy people can get the flu. By receiving a flu
vaccination, you not only protect yourself but also your
friends, family and broader community.
MYTH: The flu shot can cause autism.
According to the CDC, multiple studies have shown that
there is no link between vaccines or vaccine ingredients
and the development of autism.
MYTH: flu shot won’t stop you from getting the flu. The
Some vaccinated people may still catch the flu, but individuals
who are vaccinated experience less severe symptoms, fewer flu-related complications and are much less likely to require
hospitalization during their illness.