Busting The Most Common Myths About Flu And The Flu Vaccine

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From NHS Vale of York CCG.


The most effective way to protect yourself from flu every year is to have the flu jab but, be that as it may, many people remain reluctant to roll up their sleeves.

Many decline the vaccination because they believe it will give them flu, or believe some of the other myths about flu which do the rounds year after year.

With that in mind, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has put together this article to separate flu fact from flu fiction to help you stay well this winter.

Myth one: The flu vaccine will give me flu

Let’s start with the most common misconception, that you’ll get the flu when you have the seasonal flu vaccine.

This is not true. The adult flu vaccine contains inactivated flu viruses, which means the vaccine can’t give you flu.

You might have a sore arm after having the flu jab, while some people experience a slight temperature and aching muscles for a few days afterwards. Other reactions can occur, but only in rare cases.


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