Dr. John Rooke
With flu season quickly approaching, flu myths can circulate as quickly as the virus itself. Your questions answered about the flu below.
This is one of the most common questions related to the flu. And the answer is: You cannot get the flu from the flu shot! It is possible to experience some flu-like effects from receiving the shot, such as aches, runny nose and fatigue. The possible flu-like symptoms after receiving the shot should only last a few days or less.
It’s especially important for young people, the elderly and people with underlying medical issues to get the flu shot each year to prevent serious complications from contracting the flu. It’s also important to protect yourself in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus through the community, which can cause lost productivity at school and work.
It’s best to get the flu shot in late September or early October before flu season strikes; however, it may be given throughout flu season. The key to the flu shot’s effectiveness, as with most immunizations, is to receive it early enough for the body’s immune system to react to the shot for immunity to the specific strains of influenza included in the shot.