The 2017 – 2018 flu season was brutal by any measure. It started early in the fall and didn’t let up until the beginning of spring. Even at its height, doctors were still recommending that people who didn’t get a flu shot should get one as quickly as possible. Did you get a flu shot? Some people avoid the flu shot because of the rumors they hear about its effectiveness. Here are 10 flu shot myths that deserve to be busted:
Myth You Can Get The Flu From The Flu Shot
It is true that the flu shot vaccine is actually made from an inactive virus but it can’t transmit the infection. Anyone who gets sick after receiving the flu vaccination was probably going to get sick either way. Keep in mind, that it can take anywhere between 10 to 14 days for the effectiveness of the flu shot to kick into gear. You can still catch the flu in that time but it won’t be from the shot.
Myth: You Don’t Need to Flu Shot If You’re Healthy
While it is true that young children and senior citizens are most at risk for getting the flu that doesn’t mean that healthy folks wouldn’t benefit from being vaccinated as well. The CDC recommends that everyone get a yearly flu shot and that includes pregnant women.
Myth: Once You Get the Flu Shot Your 100% Protected
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a vaccination that is 100% effective. Yes, you can still catch the flu after being vaccinated. However, the symptoms and duration of the flu will often be diminished because of the vaccine. This means that you still need to take precautions during the flu season. That includes avoiding people who have the flu, washing your hands frequently and trying to stay healthy as possible.
Myth: You Can’t Spread the Flu If You’re Not Sick
In might be alarming to know that anywhere between 20% to 30% of people who have the influenza virus show no symptoms. That makes them carriers.
Myth: You Don’t Need to Get A Flu Shot Every Year
The influenza virus mutates each year. That means the vaccinations that are administered also change. In fact, researchers are no doubt working on next year’s vaccination at this very moment.
Myth: You Can Only Catch the Flu If You’re in Cold Weather
The flu is from a virus. A cold is from bacteria. Although flu season does coincide with cold weather it’s not related to the temperature outside. There are just as many people in warm climates that catch the flu as do in colder regions.
Myth: Feed the Cold, Starve the Fever
Dehydration comes along with cold and the flu. A fever can compound that which is why you need more fluids when you’re sick. You may not feel like eating when you have the flu but there’s no reason to avoid food. In fact, not getting sustenance can prolong the symptoms of the flu.
Myth: Chicken Soup Can Cure the Flu
Sorry moms but chicken soup can’t cure the flu. However, hot liquids can soothe a sore throat but that means any soup will do.
Myth: If You Have A High Fever You Need Antibiotics
Antibiotics are often a good course of medication against bacteria but they aren’t effective with a viral infection. Of course, someone could also develop a bacterial as a complication from the flu. This is why you need to stay in contact with your doctor at the first symptoms of the flu.