Navigation Links
Forget Flu Shot Myths, Protect Yourself This Season
Date:10/26/2012

FRIDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- It's the time of year when you should be thinking about flu vaccinations for yourself and your family.

Some people, however, decide not to get the flu vaccine and put themselves and others at risk of getting sick just because they believe long-held myths about the vaccine.

"This is a pretty busy time around here," Dr. Dennis Cunningham, an infectious diseases doctor at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, said in a hospital news release. "Our emergency department, urgent-care centers and our inpatient numbers always go up because of the flu, although many of those patients could avoid getting sick by practicing just a few simple precautions."

It is especially important that children receive a flu vaccination. Because they are around so many people, they are the biggest carriers of the flu. Giving them the vaccine can protect a wide range of people, including siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, classmates and teachers.

One of the most common myths is that you can catch the flu from flu vaccine, which is not true.

"The vaccine can give you some mild symptoms; you may feel a bit achy and your arm may be a little tender where you first get the shot," Cunningham explained. "But that's actually a good thing and shows that the vaccine is working. It tells us your body is responding appropriately to the vaccine."

Another myth is that you should wait until it is cold outside to get your flu vaccine.

"Some people are worried that if you get the vaccine too soon, it will wear off by the time winter gets here," Cunningham said. "The truth is, vaccinating people even in August will protect them throughout the entire flu season. This also includes the elderly, who typically have been the group people are most worried about."

There's also a myth that flu vaccines do not protect against current flu strains.

"The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pick the strains they think are most likely to circulate in the coming months so that people are protected against everything that may go around," Cunningham said. "Every year there are two A strains and one B strain of influenza included in the vaccine."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers flu-prevention advice.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, news release, October 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Cell death discovery suggests new ways to protect female fertility
2. New ways to protect female fertility
3. Sexting May Go Hand-in-Hand With Unprotected Sex Among Teens
4. Whooping Cough Vaccine Protection Fades Over Time: Study
5. Weapon-wielding marine microbes may protect populations from foes
6. Stem-cell-protecting drug could prevent the harmful side effects of radiation therapy
7. Canada needs national approach to protect against drug shortages
8. Some Families May Have Natural Protection Against Dementia
9. Therapy combining exercise and neuroprotective agent shows promise for stroke victims
10. Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil may protect bone
11. Protective bacteria in the infant gut have resourceful way of helping babies break down breast milk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Forget Flu Shot Myths, Protect Yourself This Season
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids ... Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, ... run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader ... been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance ... management, will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th ... and Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The company ... of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every ... meet the highest standard. , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, ... post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an ... has been operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/5/2017)... Oct. 5, 2017  In response to the ... and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations that ... be used as a first-line therapy to manage ... Recognizing the value and ... Paper "Opioid Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management" ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for ... the end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the ... as mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by the ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... and Consulting, LLC , and named its founder as ... in Tennessee , will operate under ... EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health care partners to include ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: