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Remember, it’s important to get a flu shot every year because new strains of flu virus appear each year. Here are three good reasons to get the vaccine:
You should also be aware of a few myths about flu shots.
Myth #1: I will get the flu if I get a flu shot.This is not true. The flu shot is made with either flu viruses that have been inactivated (killed) or with a single piece of protein from the virus. Both methods prevent the flu shot from causing the flu.
Myth #2: I’ll feel bad right after getting a flu shot.While we’re all different, major reactions to a flu shot are rare. Yet, sometimes you may see:
These side effects are caused by the immune system’s normal response to the vaccine and usually only last one or two days.
Myth #3: I missed this year’s dose.It’s best to get the flu shot by the end of October, but it may be available as early as July and as late as January if the virus is still circulating. If you are unable to get it in September or October, you may want to discuss timing with your health care provider.
While the list of reasons for not getting a flu shot is short, it’s well worth considering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), points out issues you should talk with your doctor about before getting a flu shot. Let your doctor know if you have:
Lastly, people who are 65 or older should not get the intradermal flu shot or the jet injector flu vaccine.
Originally published 10/25/2016: Revised 2019, 2021, 2024
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