The Flu Shot Will NOT Give You the Flu!
Flu vaccines that are given as a shot are only made in two ways:
1. Inactivated flu viruses which are not infectious
2. No flu viruses at all
In studies where some people got flu shots while others got saltwater shots, there were no differences in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat. The only differences in symptoms were increased soreness and redness at the injection site among some people who got the flu shot.
Except for a few exceptions, everyone who is at least 6 months of age should have a flu vaccine this season!
Those who should not get a flu shot are:
1. Children younger than 6 months of age
2. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine.
Consult with your doctor before receiving a flu shot if:
1. You are currently moderately to severely ill.
2. You have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
3. You have a severe allergic reaction to eggs (more than hives).
It is extremely rare to have serious reactions from the flu shot, and it offers significant protection against getting the flu. Please consider getting your flu shot as soon as possible!
For more information please see: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm