Influenza Vaccination: Myths and Facts

Annual seasonal-flu vaccinations has started

 Influenza Myth #1: Influenza is not a serious illness.

Influenza Myth #2: If you do not have a high-risk medical condition you do not need to be vaccinated. 

Influenza Myth #3-A: If you have NEVER had influenza you do not need to be immunized.  Influenza Myth #3-B: If you have EVER had influenza you do not need to be immunized. 

Influenza Myth #3: The influenza vaccine can give you influenza.

Influenza Myth #4: The influenza vaccine causes severe reactions or side effects. 

Influenza Myth #5: Getting an influenza shot every year may weaken your immune system. 

Influenza Myth #6: You should not get the influenza shot if you have a number of different allergies.

Influenza Myth #7: Vaccination is not necessary since there are better ways of preventing the spread of influenza, such as frequent handwashing, covering your mouth when coughing, or staying home when you are sick. 

Influenza Myth #8: The influenza vaccine protects against the viruses or bacteria that cause colds or stomach illnesses 

Influenza Myth #9: Someone you know got the influenza vaccine and still got the flu, so this proves the vaccine doesn't work. 

Influenza Myth #10: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not have an influenza shot. 

Source: University of Manitoba