Every year we get flu shots in our family and this year, with the triplets coming, it’s even more important! I got my shot last week at the OB and this week Jamie got his from the CVS Minute Clinic. It was a super easy process and he was in and out in just a few minutes!
For those of you who are reluctant to get the flu shots, here are the top 5 flu vaccination myths:
M #1: It is too late to get a seasonal flu shot.
Not at all! Flu season usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as late as May so the sooner you get the shot the better. But ultimately, getting the flu shot at any time can help protect you & your loved ones. (MinuteClinic vaccinates patients 18 months and older, and are open 7 days/week with no appointment is necessary!)
M #2: The flu shot can give you the flu.
No! This is the biggest myth out there about the flu vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated flu virus, so it cannot give you the flu. If you get flu-like symptoms after getting the flu shot, it’s likely because you got sick from another virus that wasn’t the flu, or you were exposed to the flu after you got vaccinated but before the vaccine took effect, which can be up to 2 weeks.
M #3. If you got the flu vaccine last year, you don’t have to get it again this year.
Wrong! It’s important to get the flu vaccine every year. Your body loses its immunity to the virus over time, and new strains of the flu appear each year. Getting vaccinated before each flu season rebuilds your immunity and protects against the strains that are predicted to be most common that season.
M #4. There are serious side effects caused by the flu vaccine.
Not at all! The only real side effect might be soreness or redness where the shot was administered.
M #5. Natural immunity or living a healthy lifestyle is better than getting immunity from the flu shot.
Not true! Eating right, exercising and getting plenty of rest can help prevent the flu, but the #1 way to avoid getting the flu is a flu vaccine. Even if you have avoided the flu in the past, it doesn’t make you less susceptible.
Getting the flu is really dangerous especially for pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Getting the shot doesn’t hurt at all and sometimes I have a sore arm afterwards. CVS Minute Clinic makes the process really easy – just go in and register, wait to be seen and then get your shot! I love that I can browse all of the great new products at CVS while I wait!
My husband received a free flu shot in conjunction with this post. All opinions are my own.
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