Each year, SpotRx recommends that all patients gets a flu shot if they are able. During the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, the importance of flu shots has increased. It’s important to give your body as much immunity as possible from multiple infectious (and potentially deadly) viruses.
We also know there are a lot of opinions and misinformation out there regarding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, as well as the ingredients used in it. That’s why SpotRx would like to take this time to dispel a few common myths regarding the flu vaccine, in hopes of giving you the most accurate knowledge to make an informed decision. Please read closely — what you learn could save lives.
1) Myth: When I get the flu shot, I get sick
When people get flu shots, they’re only receiving dead parts of the virus. Thus, it’s virtually impossible to get infected by the shot. It’s important to note that flu season generally features plenty of other colds and viruses within the air, so people may be mistaking their illness with the effects of the flu shot they received.
2) Myth: Flu vaccines contain harmful ingredients
There’s nothing in the flu vaccine that can harm you. The dead parts of the flu that are within the vaccine contain nothing that can harm your body or spread within it, so there’s no reason to fear that. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rigorously tests the flu vaccine every year to make sure it’s safe and effective for the general population. You can trust it because the experts have done the work to keep you healthy.
3) Myth: I don’t need to get the vaccine, the flu is no big deal
It’s important to remember that the flu isn’t just some common cold. The flu can feel like the most severe version of a cold, with symptoms like fevers, coughs, chills, and muscle aches. Studies show that every year, around 400,000 visit the hospital with flu-like symptoms. According to the CDC, 25,000-50,000 people die every year from the flu.
So the effects of this disease are widespread and deadly; the best way to avoid it is with a vaccine.
4) Myth: I got the flu shot last year, I don’t need it this year
One shot doesn’t you’re immune forever. Like many viruses, the flu is capable of mutating and creating different strains. What was an effective flu vaccine one year can become ineffective the next, simply due to a few changes in biology. That’s why new flu shots are created every year — to protect you and your community against the newest strain of this potentially deadly disease.
Questions about the flu shot? SpotRx is here to answer all of them. Give us a call at 1-844-477-6879 to request more information.