St. Vincent's Dr. Erica discusses the Flu Vaccine

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FLU SHOT MYTHS and MISCONCEPTIONS

You can get the flu from a flu shot. 
The flu shot makes you more likely to get other illnesses.

The flu shot helps prevent the stomach flu which is diarrhea, vomiting and other stomach flu symptoms.

You can get the flu from cold weather.

If you happen to suffer from a flu-like illness, then you no longer need the flu shot that season

You don’t need a flu shot every year.

It is too late to get a flu shot

Flu vaccines are the main cause of Guillain Barre syndrome

Flu shots are contraindicated in patients will egg allergies.

If you have a red swollen arm, you are allergic to the flu shot and should not get it again.

If I get the flu shot I will not get the flu

I need an antibiotic if I get the flu

Flu shots have dangerous toxins including mercury and formaldehyde in them



Anyone can get the nasal spray flu shot

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FLU SHOT TRUTHS

·      You CANNOT get the flu from a flu shot

·      The flu shot does not make you more susceptible to other infections

·      The flu shot does NOT protect against stomach “flu” or other respiratory infections,  only respiratory influenza

·      The flu is from being infected with a virus, not exposure to cold weather.

·      The flu shot protects against multiple strains of flu virus

·      The flu shot is recommended yearly

·      The flu shot is best to get by the end of October, but should be received anytime during flu season.

·      Guillain Barre is a serious neurologic disease that happens for unknown reason after one’s immune system is activated and has rarely been reported after receiving vaccines, but is more common after other infections or for unknown reasons.

There are egg-free flu vaccines available for people with severe allergic reactions to eggs. Mild GI intolerance to eggs is not a contraindication to receiving the regular flu vaccine.

·      Many people may have a local reaction to the flu shot but that does not mean they are allergic or should avoid flu shot subsequent seasons.

·      The flu shot is not 100% effective… but it has been shown to prevent flu, as well as decrease severity of illness, hospitalizations and death from flu.

·      Antibiotics are ineffective against the flu virus.  Antiviral medicines may help if started within 24-48 hours of symptom onset.

·      Most flu shots do not contain any mercury but some multiuse vials have a form of mercury that is not dangerous.  There may be trace non-harmful amounts of formaldehyde left over from the vaccine development but not found to be dangerous.  You can request preservative-free flu shots.

·      Nasal spray flu shot is only approved for healthy individuals between ages of 2-50 without asthma, or other chronic illness, and some years has been shown to be less effective against certain strains. 


Flu shot myths and truths

You can get the flu from a flu shot.
            You CANNOT get the flu from a flu shot.  But you might feel a little under the weather as your body responds appropriately to the immune system activation. 

The flu shot makes you more likely to get other illnesses.

The flu shot does not make you more susceptible to other infections.  There are just a lot of infections that circulate the same season as the flu.

The flu shot helps prevent the stomach flu which is diarrhea, vomiting and other stomach flu symptoms.

The flu shot does NOT protect against stomach “flu” or other respiratory infections,  only respiratory influenza

You can get the flu from cold weather.

The flu is from being infected with a virus, not exposure to cold weather.

If you happen to suffer from a flu-like illness, then you no longer need the flu shot that season

The flu shot protects against multiple strains of flu virus.  Even if you were sick with one strain you could still get another strain that year.

You don’t need a flu shot every year.

The flu shot is recommended yearly
It is too late to get a flu shot

The flu shot is best to get by the end of October, but should be received anytime during flu season.

Flu vaccines are the main cause of Guillain Barre syndrome

Guillain Barre is a serious neurologic disease that happens for unknown reason after one’s immune system is activated and has rarely been reported after receiving vaccines, but is more common after other infections or for unknown reasons.
Flu shots are contraindicated in patients will egg allergies.

There are egg-free flu vaccines available for people with severe allergic reactions to eggs.  Mild GI intolerance to eggs is not a contraindication to receiving the regular flu vaccine.

If you have a red swollen arm, you are allergic to the flu shot and should not get it again.

Many people may have a local reaction to the flu shot but that does not mean they are allergic or should avoid flu shot subsequent seasons

If I get the flu shot I will not get the flu

The flu shot is not 100% effective… but it has been shown to prevent flu, as well as decrease severity of illness, hospitalizations and death from flu.

I need an antibiotic if I get the flu

Antibiotics are ineffective against the flu virus.  Antiviral medicines may help if started within 24-48 hours of symptom onset.

Flu shots have dangerous toxins including mercury and formaldehyde in them

Most flu shots do not contain any mercury but some multiuse vials have a form of mercury that is not dangerous.  There may be trace non-harmful amounts of formaldehyde left over from the vaccine development but not found to be dangerous.  You can request preservative-free flu shots.

Anyone can get the nasal spray flu shot

Nasal spray flu shot is only approved for healthy individuals between ages of 2-50 without asthma, or other chronic illness, and some years has been shown to be less effective against certain strains. 

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