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It’s flu season. Is getting a flu shot the best choice for dodging the flu? The truth is, sometimes fighting people’s thoughts about the flu is as hard as fighting the flu itself.
Myth #1: Getting a flu shot will give you the flu.
This is not true. The flu shot is made in two ways:
Myth #2: I won’t feel right after getting a flu shot.
While we’re all different, major reactions to a flu shot seem rare. Yet, sometimes you may see:
Myth #3: I missed this year’s dose.
Most often you should think about getting the flu shot by October and as early as July. Still, as long as flu viruses are circulating, immunizations may be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later. Ask your doctor when you should plan for yours.
Top Three Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot
Who should NOT get a flu shot?
While the list of reasons for not getting a flu shot is short, it is well worth considering. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), points out issues you should talk with your doctor about before getting a flu shot:
Lastly, people who are 65 or older should not get the intradermal flu shot or the jet injector flu vaccine.
Originally published 10/25/2016: Revised 2019
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