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Before talking about why you should get a flu shot, let’s talk about three “myths” surrounding the flu shot:
Myth #1: Getting a flu shot will give you the flu.
This is not true. The flu shot is made in two ways:
Myth #2: The flu shot will make me sick.
While we’re all different, major reactions to a flu shot seem rare. Occasional reactions are:
Myth #3: I missed this year’s dose.
While it’s best to get the shot by October, you can still do it as long as the flu is circulating, into January or even later.
It’s important to get a flu shot every year because there are new strains of flu virus yearly. In fact, here are three good reasons to get the shot:
Who should NOT get a flu shot?
While the list of reasons for not getting a flu shot is short, it is well worth considering. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), points out issues you should talk with your doctor about before getting a flu shot:
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
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