Myths related to the flu vaccine can easily mislead people who are trying to decide whether they should get a shot or not. Below mentioned are few of the most common myths associated with it according to information given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC says otherwise. The viruses that are present in the flu shots are killed right at the time of the vaccine’s production, implying that they cannot cause an infection. Later the vaccine batches are tested with a group of people who are randomly assigned to get either salt water or the vaccine.
A lot of people feel worse emotionally after they have got a flu shot because of the soreness at the site of injection. This soreness usually dissipates within the next two days of getting a flu shot. It is important to understand that the soreness is caused by the immune system that is making antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine that help a person fight the flu off.
A vaccine shot lasts the entire season the flu lasts, except in the cases of some children who many need to be given two doses of the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who are older than 6 months get a flu vaccine.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says that the flu vaccine is an important element of prenatal care and all pregnant women must get a dose. Pregnant women are at a high risk for flu complications such as infections, dehydration and pneumonia. Considering that babies cannot receive the vaccination till the time they are 6 months old, the antibodies that they received in the utero from the mother can help them protect themselves.
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