Putting off the flu vaccine? Here are 5 Flu vaccine myths debunked

Georgia Reed
December 1, 2017

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the latest deaths have raised the death toll for the 2017-2018 flu season to five.

There are not any risks associated with developing a universal flu vaccine. "It may be a bad flu season, and in particular, in a bad season, you want to get every bit of protection you can".

FACT: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu.

The same formula of the flu shot used in that part of the world is the one that is being circulated here in the United States, too, prompting doctors to fear that we will see a spike in the number of cases this year. This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients-well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good in terms as far as vaccine coverage goes.

A commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week estimated that current vaccines are only 10% effective against this year's main flu strain, called H3N2.

First, get the flu shot anyway.

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The flu season has just started in North America. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective.

Last flu season, 315 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County and 14 patients died due to flu-related complications. Because flu viruses are always changing-it's important to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

FACT: Each year, the seasonal influenza vaccine includes the strains that researchers found will be most prevalent throughout the season. If so, it would extend a run of bad luck that began in 2014, when the available flu vaccines proved to be a poor match for the most common viruses in circulation. There are also immune-boosting influenza vaccines for those aged 65 and above, and preservative-free versions for pregnant women or those who are allergic to mercury.

"I think people should not be taking any risks whatsoever", says Dr. Arash Poursina, an infectious disease specialist at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Myth 2. You can't spread the flu when you don't feel sick.

"Unfortunately, this is an example of how serious flu can be", said Dr.

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