Flu Info

Still wondering if you should get your flu shot this year?

Here are some of the benefits of receiving your flu shot:

  1. Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu
  2. It can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children, working age adults, and older adults
  3. It is important important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions
  4. It helps protect women during and after pregnancy
  5. It can be lifesaving in children
  6. It has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick
  7. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people

Mythbusters! Top 4 Myths about the Flu Vaccine Debunked

Fact: As many as 650,000 people a year can die of the flu. This only represents respiratory deaths, so the likely impact is even higher. Even healthy people can get the flu, but especially people whose immune systems are vulnerable. Most people will recover within a few week, but some can develop complications including sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, heart or brain inflammations.

Fact: The injected flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus that cannot give you influenza. If you feel achy or slightly feverish, it is a normal reaction of the immune system to the vaccine, and generally lasts only a day or two.

Fact: The flu vaccine is proven to be safe. Severe side effects are extremely rare. One in a million people may get Guillain-Barre Syndrome (BGS), which can cause muscle weakness and paralysis.

Fact: Several flu viruses are circulating all the time, which is why people may still get the flu, despite being vaccinated since the vaccine is specific to one strain. However, being vaccinated improves the chance of being protected from the flu. This is especially important to stop the virus affecting people with vulnerable immune systems.