FLU VACCINE MYTHS
The flu vaccine does not work:
- The vaccine will not protect against colds and other respiratory illnesses that may be mistaken for influenza.
- Protection from the vaccine takes about 2 weeks to develop, and lasts upto one year.
- With a good match of the vaccine with the circulating strains, the vaccine is 70-90% effective in healthy children and adults.
- If vaccinated persons still get the flu, the disease after vaccination will be much milder.
The flu vaccine made me sick.
- It is important to note that the vaccine CANNOT cause influenza or influenza-like illness
- Because it only protects against 3 strains of flu viruses, you CAN still get sick with all of the other viruses out there.
The flu is not that serious.
- The flu can cause complications, especially in high risk groups, of the following:
-Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, dehydration
-Worsening of chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes,
heart attack, heart failure
I can’t get the influenza vaccine because I’m pregnant.
- The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women. No demonstrated harm to the fetus.
- Pregnant women are at increased risk of complications if they get the flu.
- Bottom line: not only CAN you get the vaccine if you’re pregnant, but you SHOULD
get it if you’re pregnant.
Side Effects associated with Vaccination in Healthy Adults (reported 7 days after injection)
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Please get your flu vaccine today, and help protect yourself, your family, your friends.
-Dr. K. Goyal