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Busting 8 Common Myths About the Flu Vaccine


When some people hear the words “flu vaccine,” they get more anxious about it than catching the flu itself, which can be very dangerous for babies and the elderly, as well as those who have compromised immunity.

However, the reasons why some people avoid getting the flu vaccine tend to be based on pseudo-science, rather than hard evidence. It’s true that the vaccine won’t prevent 100-percent of flu cases – in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it reduces the risk of developing flu by 40 to 60-percent. However, here are eight other facts about the vaccine to help clear up any misconceptions…

1. You Can’t Catch Flu from The Vaccine

A common thing you’ll read from people who are against getting the shot is a claim they have caught the flu right after getting vaccine in the past, leading them to believe the vaccine itself was the culprit.

“This long standing rumor just won’t die no matter how often experts debunk it,” it notes. Because the vaccine is made from dead viral particles, it can’t actually infect you, it adds. Even the nasal-spray version that contains a “crippled” version of the vaccine can’t harm you, explains the site. The vaccine does take up to 2-weeks to be effective – so people can catch a cold or flu before the antibodies can fight them off, it explains.

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