Flu Shot Myths: Do Not Believe Them

Do not believe the myths that surround the flu shot. If someone is wanting to get one, right now is the proper time. The vaccine gives individuals top protection even before flu season hits into main gear when late autumn arrives. Getting a shot is the best way to avoid coming down with influenza. However, there is still folk lore that exists about the vaccine. Some of the main mistaken myths and also what the truths are will be discussed in this article.

One myth is that the vaccine offers protection for over one year. The truth is that for the shot to work best in the human body, a person should be getting one each year. It is also paramount to get the vaccine as soon as possible so that the body is able to raise its defenses and fight the illness through the season. This happens for two different reasons. The first is that the shot is made to provide protection to a person for around one year but not any longer. One might have a little bit of persistent protection after the annual mark passes, but it will not be very strong at all. There is no reason to take such a risk.

The second is that the vaccine made for the previous year may not have been created to fight against the fresh strains going around the new season. The flu is always changing. In fact, it even goes through a bit of altering itself during the actual influenza season, which lasts from October to April or May. It most definitely goes through variations year to year. In order to prepare for such variances, scientists must alter the vaccine each year so it can match the precise kinds of virus that research specialists think will most likely end up being the most communal.

A second myth is that if a person gets the vaccine, then he or she will not become sick. In truth, the shot is around 50 percent effective. That means an individual has his or her chance of getting the flu cut in half by receiving the shot. It does not mean the person is 100 percent immune against the illness.

The vaccines that are offered in the United States offer protection against three or four altered influenza viruses. Scientists attempting to figure out which viruses to include in the vaccine are in effect trying to tell the future. The specialists have to try to make the best educated speculation they can but they do not always end up getting it correctly. They have to view strains that have circulated the prior season and also what is going on in other areas of the globe. The Southern Hemisphere experiences their flu season during the opposite period as the Northern Hemisphere, so scientists look at what has happened down there to see what might be coming up.

A third myth is that there is absolutely no reason to take a shot if a person is healthy and young. However, influenza is much more dangerous than many people know. Annually, there are around 200,000 individuals who are put in the hospital because of the flu or some type of complications that are related to the illness. Deaths from the flu can range very widely in numbers from one year to the next but it has been stated it can be anywhere from 5,000 to 35,000, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Elderly adults, very young children, and people who suffer from with chronic illnesses are particularly at risk for coming down with severe flu-related problems. However, if a person receives a shot, he or she lessens the chance of spreading the virus to such a person. If there is a baby or an elderly person in the house and one does not vaccinate oneself, then he or she can be putting the other person at risk for getting the flu. Ignore the myths and focus on the truths about influenza.

By Kimberly Ruble

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2 Responses to "Flu Shot Myths: Do Not Believe Them"

  1. Granpa Ron   October 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    No thanks to flu shots. Vit. D3 IMHO is far more effective and safer.

  2. reissd   October 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    One comment about effectiveness: in the last two years, the vaccine was, I think, over 60% effective in children.

    To the best of my knowledge, it also protects against severity of illness – in other way, it means that if you do get the flu, you’re more likely to get a mild case.

    It’s also an extremely safe vaccine.


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