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The Most Common Misconceptions About Flu and Flu vaccines

  1.   Flu is Just a Minor Illness

Up to 30,000 people per year in the UK die from the flu each year. Deaths are most common in vulnerable people, but even healthy people can succumb to the flu or have long-term complications like pneumonia or brain inflammation.

  1.   I Was Vaccinated Before and Got the Flu, So Vaccines Don’t Work

This is one of the most common misconceptions about the flu. There are always many different illnesses circulating in the UK, so it is possible to get a different strain of the flu after being vaccinated. Being vaccinated makes it less likely you will become seriously ill, however. 

  1.   The Flu Vaccine Will Give Me the Flu

The flu vaccine contains an inactive version of the virus that can’t give you the flu. Any flu-like symptoms you experience afterward are the body’s way of reacting to the flu shot and will go away after a day or two. 

  1.   The Flu Vaccine is Just for the Vulnerable

Those who are more vulnerable are at a higher risk when it comes to the flu, but they aren’t the only ones who should be vaccinated. People who work in healthcare, child care, or who are pregnant should be vaccinated to protect themselves and those around them. Young children 6 months and older should get vaccinated as well.

  1.   I Got the Covid Vaccine/Booster, So I Don’t Need the Flu Shot

You should get the flu jab even if you have had Covid or have had the Covid vaccine.  Because of COVID-19 safety measures, many of us have not built up natural immunities to colds and viruses. Also, if you get COVID-19 and the flu together, you are more likely to become seriously ill.

  1.   The Flu Vaccine is Painful

The flu shot is a quick and easy vaccine to administer, so any discomfort will be minimal. For children, the vaccine can be given as a nasal spray. 

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