38 F
Fort Worth
Monday, November 30, 2020
Health Care 7 flu shot myths debunked

7 flu shot myths debunked

Other News

Rethinking Screen Time for Kids

(StatePoint) As families try to establish a new normal, balancing screen time for kids has become not only especially challenging, but more important than...

Seniors with diabetes: Important questions to ask your doctor now

(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening — more than 25% of Americans age 65...

Connecting in kindness during troubling times

(BPT) - The theory that the world is interconnected to such a degree that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wing in Africa could cause...

Protecting Your Financial Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak [Video]

Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag.(BPT) - The COVID-19 outbreak has many Americans quickly trying to adjust to a new...

(BPT) – Flu season is here and experts agree that getting an annual vaccination is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent the flu. However, many myths exist about the flu shot that are broadly believed, causing people to skip this important immunization.

It’s important to get proper facts to keep you and your family healthy. Jocelyn Konrad, chief pharmacy officer at Rite Aid, provides the truths about the most common flu myths so you can confidently get immunized.

Myth: Getting the flu isn’t a serious concern

Fact: According to the CDC, the flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Don’t underestimate the flu. Even in healthy adults and children, there can be complications that lead to hospitalization or death.

Myth: You can get the flu from the flu shot

Fact: When you get a flu vaccine with a needle, the CDC stresses you do not get sick with the flu. The flu shot is either made with an inactivated virus that is essentially killed, or only uses a single gene from the virus rather than the full virus. Either way, it triggers your immune system to respond but does not cause an infection.

Myth: You need an appointment with your doctor to get a flu shot

Fact: Getting a flu shot is quick and easy when you visit Rite Aid. Simply walk in during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary! The pharmacy’s certified immunizers are also able to vaccinate patients against shingles, pertussis, and pneumococcal disease, among many others, based on the CDC’s vaccine guidelines and state regulations. This makes it easy to get caught up on any other immunizations while you’re there.

Myth: It’s too late to get vaccinated after Thanksgiving

Fact: According to the CDC, vaccination is beneficial as long as flu viruses are circulating. Flu season typically peaks sometime between December and February, but viruses can circulate in the United States even later. It’s smart to get your flu shot before the flu season peaks, but even if you don’t, it can still be beneficial.

Myth: There’s no flu protection option for newborns

Fact: While it’s true that flu vaccines are recommended for children 6 months and up, this doesn’t mean caregivers aren’t without options to protect little ones from the flu. First, parents and other caregivers should all be vaccinated to protect themselves and the baby against flu since children under five are at greater risk for complications from the flu. Don’t forget about siblings and friends who are near the baby, too! What’s more, always wash your hands thoroughly, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before handling a newborn to prevent the spread of germs.

Myth: You can’t get a flu vaccination if you have an egg allergy

Fact: People with egg allergies may think they cannot get a flu shot because many immunizations are manufactured with eggs, but there are egg-free alternatives to consider. Rite Aid carries several flu vaccine brands, including Flublok, a unique vaccine that is processed without egg, indicated for patients 18 and older.

Myth: You don’t need a flu shot every year

Fact: New flu vaccines are released every flu season to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses. Because flu viruses evolve so quickly, last season’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses. Additionally, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time. An annual vaccine each season is needed for optimal protection against the flu.
No. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune protection.


Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

By DANICA KIRKA Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects...

These health care workers will be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine

Health care workers will be the first people in Texas to receive a COVID-19 vaccine once one receives emergency approval from the U.S. government,...

Tarrant County reports 1,537 new COVID cases on Sunday and 6 deaths

Tarrant County Public Health reported 1,537 new cases on Sunday, Nov. 22 and six deaths. “It took 90 days to reach 10,000 cases in June....

Employers start sending workers shopping for health coverage

Instead of offering one or more options, some companies are turning health insurance shopping over to employees. A federal rule change last year stoked this...

Abbott appoints Michael Coble to Texas Forensic Science Commission

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael Coble, Ph.D. to the Texas Forensic Science Commission for a term set to expire on Sept. 1, 2021. The...