It’s that season again, and no we are not talking about winter. It’s flu season so it is important to start getting vaccinated! People have different reasons to skip out on the vaccine but a lot of excuses come from common misconceptions. Don’t fall for the myths, get the facts!

Myth 1:  The flu vaccine will give you the flu

–      Wrong. The flu vaccine available at the Health Center cannot cause the flu. Injected flu vaccines only contain dead virus, and a dead virus is, well, dead. It will not cause the flu. If you get the flu shortly after receiving the vaccine you were exposed to the flu before your body could build the antibodies to protect you.

Myth 2: The flu is only dangerous for the elderly or very young

–      The seasonal flu can be dangerous for anybody in any age group. It is true that people over the age of 65 and younger than 2 have a higher chance of complications from the illness. Each year over 200,000 people are hospitalized and close to 36,000 of these cases are fatal. It is best to get the vaccine and protect yourself no matter how old you are.

Myth 3: You can skip years between flu vaccinations

–      It is important to get the vaccine each and every year. The dominant strands of the virus change annually, so researchers need to develop a new vaccine each year to make sure that the vaccine will work.

Myth 4: The shot is too expensive

–       This shot is actually pretty cheap. WCU offers the shot for only $10! 

Myth 5: Anyone can get the shot

–        Although getting the flu shot is important, some people should take precautions. People that are allergic to certain foods like eggs, and poultry should consult their doctor before getting the vaccine. Also, people who are sick or have a fever should talk to their doctor as well.

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