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3 flu myths set straight

flu season ahead With flu season just around the corner — or maybe here already! — it’s time to take the necessary steps to stay healthy. One step is separating myths about the flu from the facts.

Myth: A flu shot can give you the flu.
Fact: No, a flu vaccine can’t cause flu illness. The flu shot is made from either “inactivated” viruses that aren’t infectious or no viruses at all. People who develop flu-like symptoms after receiving a flu shot were going to get sick anyway. Their illness is not a result of having received the vaccine.

Myth: Getting a flu shot is all you need to do to protect yourself from the flu.
Fact: Being vaccinated can’t guarantee that you won’t get the flu. You should take additional steps to protect yourself, such as avoiding people who have the flu, washing your hands often and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support your immune system. That includes eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and managing stress.

Myth: You should wait to get vaccinated so your immunity lasts through the end of flu season.
Fact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that flu vaccination begin soon after the vaccine becomes available, if possible by October. Immunity lasts through a full flu season for most people. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to be vaccinated, even in January or later.

Now that you know the facts, take the next step in protecting yourself and your family from the flu: Get vaccinated at one of our upcoming Flu Shot Clinics.