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5 Terrifying Flu Shot Myths Debunked Just in Time for Halloween

It might be October, but the only thing really scary this month is knowing that some people won’t get a flu shot because of incorrect information and myths! 


Luckily for you, we’ve debunked the 5 most common myths surrounding the flu vaccine. So, the next time your co-worker starts to list all the reasons why you shouldn’t get a flu shot, you’ll have these facts in your back pocket. 


The 5 Most Common Flu Shot Myths:


  1. “The flu shot doesn’t work.”


Although the flu shot isn’t 100% effective, it has been proven to reduce the risk of catching the flu by 40 to 60%. Furthermore, those who do get the flu shot also reduce the risk of being admitted to the intensive care unit by 82% in the event that they do catch the flu virus after vaccination. 


  1. “The vaccine will give me the flu.”


Flu shots are created with either a killed virus or a single gene from a flu virus. While patients won’t get the flu from vaccination, it is possible to experience common side effects like low fevers, headaches, muscle aches, soreness, and swelling at injection site. Most of these symptoms are mild and go away on their own after one or two days. 


  1. “I’m young and healthy so I don’t need the flu shot.”


This myth is especially painful for physicians to hear because young adults are the demographic that benefit the most from the vaccine as the flu shot is most effective in children and young adults. Plus, getting the vaccine as a young adult lowers the risk of catching the virus and then spreading it to loved ones with compromised immune systems like older family members and babies. 


  1. “The flu shot is just a conspiracy to make doctor’s offices more money!” 


If you’re curious why your doctor always advises you to get the flu shot, here’s the truth: family doctors and physicians advise patients to get vaccinated because they care about the health of their community. Physicians around the world see the immense benefit of the flu vaccination, and even the World Health Organization has weighed in on the matter stating that "vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by influenza viruses."



  1. “The flu isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just a cold.” 


Some people choose to take the risk of catching the flu over dealing with vaccine-related complications. However, the odds of this bet are terrible, especially when you take into consideration that 80,000 Americans died of the flu last winter alone. 


Getting a flu shot not only protects your own health, but it also protects the health of your friends and family because it prevents your chances of catching and spreading the virus to those close to you. Be sure to protect yourself and your loved ones this season and get your flu shot today. 


Visit Friendswood Urgent Care to get vaccinated, and don’t forget to get a cup of hot chocolate during your short wait in their comfortable reception room. 


Remember, no appointments are necessary, so walk in today and get your flu shot for only $25.00!