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A Guide for Staying Healthy This Flu
Season
The Flu Vaccination:
4 Common Myths & The Truth Behind
Them
Myth #1: I will get the flu from the flu
shot
 Why its wrong:
 The flu vaccination contains an inactive or killed
virus ...
Myth #2: It is better to get the flu than get
the vaccination.
 Why its wrong:
 The flu is a very serious disease, espec...
Myth #3: I do not need a flu vaccination
annually.
 Why its wrong:
 The strains of flu virus can differ from year to
yea...
Myth #4: I should wait until later in the flu
season so it lasts.
 Why its wrong:
 The flu season is unpredictable and s...
More Flu & Flu Vaccination
Resources
 For more information on the flu, its
symptoms, prevention and other related
topics,...
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4 Flu Vaccination Myths

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4 Flu Vaccination Myths

  1. 1. A Guide for Staying Healthy This Flu Season The Flu Vaccination: 4 Common Myths & The Truth Behind Them
  2. 2. Myth #1: I will get the flu from the flu shot  Why its wrong:  The flu vaccination contains an inactive or killed virus which means it cannot cause the recipient to get the flu.  The vaccine manufacturers kill the virus during the production process and each batch is tested to ensure they are safe to administer.
  3. 3. Myth #2: It is better to get the flu than get the vaccination.  Why its wrong:  The flu is a very serious disease, especially in young children, the elderly and those battling chronic health issues.  Any flu infection has the potential for serious complications, hospitalization or even death among otherwise healthy children and adults.  It is much better to be vaccinated as early as possible in the flu season, typically October or November, then contract the illness.
  4. 4. Myth #3: I do not need a flu vaccination annually.  Why its wrong:  The strains of flu virus can differ from year to year, so annual vaccination is necessary to ensure you are receiving optimal or the highest protection against the flu.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six years and older as individuals' immune protection from vaccination declines over time.
  5. 5. Myth #4: I should wait until later in the flu season so it lasts.  Why its wrong:  The flu season is unpredictable and since the flu vaccination takes about two weeks before its effective, its recommended to receive your vaccination as soon as its available. Your chances of contracting the flu increase as it spread throughout the community.
  6. 6. More Flu & Flu Vaccination Resources  For more information on the flu, its symptoms, prevention and other related topics, visit the CDC website or contact HealthCare for Business for flu clinic availability or how to get your vaccination.

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