Wondering if you could get the flu from a flu shot? Or if you could get the flu even if you’ve had a shot? You’re not alone. With so much is information, it’s worth reading up so you can spot common myths and take action to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. Here are the six most common myths about the flu that you should know about:
A flu shot can give you the flu. You cannot get the flu from a flu shot. The flu shot is made from a virus that is not active and is only made up from a single gene of the virus itself, rather than the full virus. There have been
cases where people get sick right after getting the shot, however it was later discovered that they might have already had the flu or another virus in their body. MYTH!
The flu is just a bad cold. The flu does resemble symptoms similar to a bad cold; sore throat, congestion, cough or runny nose. It can also cause a high fever, painful body aches and vomiting. Flu symptoms can become so severe that you may need to be hospitalised. That said, try not to fear your symptoms. A fever is part of your body’s natural defence system, and that’s a good thing, but it does make you feel a little lousy. If symptoms worsen, make sure to
get the reassurance needed by speaking to a doctor or clinical professional. MYTH!
Healthy people don’t need to get a flu shot. All of us should get a flu shot, with some exceptions. Yearly shots are recommended for anyone
older than six month of age also including pregnant women and the elderly. MYTH!
I got a flu shot but still got the flu, so it doesn’t work. There are a few different types of flu viruses. Flu shots vaccines cover you against the most
common strains for flu season, but there is still a small probability that you will catch a different
type of flu. Also, keep in mind that it takes a few weeks for the shot to start working within you
body, so it is possible to catch the flu during this time. MYTH!
If I have a high fever with the flu, I’ll need antibiotics. Antibiotics only work against bacteria and not viruses, such as the flu. There are some case where people get a bacterial infection as a complication of the flu virus. So for peace of mind, it’s a good idea to check it out. MYTH!
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