Can You Get the Flu From a Flu Shot? Experts Weigh In

Desiree Burns
October 19, 2018

Last year, the vaccine was indeed a bit of a disappointment.

The Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network researches the annual efficacy of the vaccine.

For many people, flu season is little more than annoyance, but every single year thousands of people die from whatever strain of the disease is making the rounds. There were 302 deaths directly attributed to influenza, including nine children.

While there are many misconceptions about the flu vaccine, "the most common one we hear is that it gives people the flu", Lin said. That data goes to the World Health Organization. The shot protects from the flu and helps to prevent the spread of the flu. Experts explain that this isn't the case as the vaccine is made up of inert parts of the virus.

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In all, experts say that 27 Oklahomans have been hospitalized with the flu since the season began on September 1.

Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations".

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says everyone over the age of six months should get their flu shot this year, especially people who are most susceptible - such as young children, women who are pregnant, the elderly, people with underlying chronic diseases, including heart or lung disease, and people on medication that suppress their immune system. And right now, the view is good. Doctors can report statistics and offer a broad glimpse at how bad the flu season is - and past year those warnings came swift, with cases piling up rapidly - but it's hard to nail down an exact number. The flu season in Australia this year was relatively mild, health experts said. Severity - measured by the proportion of people with flu-like illness taking time off work and the burden on hospitals - has been low. Even if you don't care whether you get sick, health officials urge vaccination to protect more vulnerable people around you. So protecting them doesn't need to come with a painful jab.

Twenty-eight percent believe the flu shot causes autism.

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