Woohoo! It’s Flu season! Said no one, ever. (Remember that time?) We get flu shots in this house. Why? Because I’m in favor of what Doctors (who study human health for a living) tell me what to do. Call me basic. Let’s debunk some flu myths with the help of CVS Pharmacists (who study medicine for a living) …shall we?
Myth #1: The flu shot gives you the flu
The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so people cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Minor side effects including soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, a low grade fever, and/or aches may occur. These side effects begin soon after the shot and usually last one to two days. Almost all people who receive the influenza vaccine have no serious problems as a result of receiving it.
Myth #2: The flu is only spread by coughing and sneezing
While the flu is spread by coughing, sneezing, and even talking, the flu virus can survive for a few hours or even a day on surfaces and in enclosed spaces. The most common way the flu virus is spread is when hands that have been in contact with contaminated surfaces go near your face. That’s why you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser.
Myth #3: You should wait until flu season officially starts (October 1) to get the vaccine
The CDC recommends getting the flu shot as soon as it becomes available. It takes up to two weeks for your immunity to build up after getting a flu shot so it is best to get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself from getting the flu, dirty hands down. After giving birth and getting blood taken almost weekly the flu shot feels like a tickle to me. I brought my two boys to our local CVS pharmacy to get mine. My 4 year old was nervous for me…
While my 6 month old looked way too happy to watch Mommy get pricked …
Decker was already vaccinated at a routine check-up but I found out that CVS MinuteClinic locations offer vaccinations for children (ages 18 months and older) in most states! He was pleased to leave without getting one again though. 🙂
CVS’ 9,600 retail pharmacy locations and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics (MinuteClinic), have everything you need for flu prevention, including numerous flu vaccinations, over-the-counter cold and flu remedies, multivitamins and anti-bacterial cleaning products and are open every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment needed.
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