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Get Your Facts Straight About Flu Vaccines

Test your flu-fighting knowledge by answering true or false to the statements below:

• Flu vaccines give you the flu.

• Getting vaccinated twice in the same season doubles your immunity.

• Immunity against the flu from a flu vaccine diminishes over time.

• Pregnant women should get the flu vaccine.

Answers:

• Flu vaccines give you the flu: False

Flu vaccines come in two forms: flu shots and nasal sprays. The virus in the shot is inactive so it can’t cause infection. The most common side effect from a flu shot is soreness or redness near the injection site. The virus in the nasal spray is weakened and can’t survive in warmer body temperatures beyond the nose. Side effects from the spray may include congestion, sore throat and headache, but are typically mild and short-lived compared to the flu and its potential complications.

• Getting vaccinated twice in the same season doubles your immunity against the flu: False

Studies have not shown any additional benefit from getting vaccinated twice in one year and it’s not recommended for most people, even seniors or those with a weakened immune system. In some cases, children who didn’t receive a flu vaccine the previous year are given two doses to “prime” their immune systems and provide protection.

• Immunity against the flu from a vaccine diminishes over time: True

While a single flu vaccine is sufficient to help protect you from the flu for an entire season, flu viruses are constantly evolving. New vaccines are developed each year to keep up with these changes and are your best bet for continued protection.

• Pregnant women should get vaccinated: TruePregnant women are considered at high risk for developing flu complications like pneumonia, and even premature labor and delivery. The flu shot not only protects the mom, but also protects the baby and will continue to provide protection even after baby is born. Studies have shown the flu shot is safe for pregnant women, but the nasal spray vaccine is not recommended.

IT’S TIME FOR FLU VACCINATIONS

According to the Centers for Disease Control, your best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated – the earlier the better. It takes two weeks for flu-fighting antibodies to develop after a vaccination, so get one early before flu season gets under way.

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