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Purdue University: Flu shots do not cause the flu

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As the nation prepares for a flu season in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, several myths and misconceptions about the flu vaccine are likely to reappear, the Purdue University’s School of Nursing is reporting.

“The most common reason that people avoid getting the annual flu vaccine is that they believe they can get the flu from it,” according to a statement released this week.

But that’s not the case, said Libby Richards, associate professor of nursing in Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences. Flu vaccine is made with inactive strains of flu, which are not capable of causing the flu.

“People may feel under the weather after receiving the flu shot due to signs of the body’s creating an immune response, which is actually a good thing,” Richards said. “Common side effects from flu shots are muscle soreness at the site of the injection. Some people may also develop a low-grade fever, headache, or overall muscle aches. These side effects can be mistaken for the flu, but in reality are likely the body’s normal response to vaccination.”

“Two types of flu vaccination have been developed,” the statement said. “If a person receives the three-component vaccination, it will provide protection from the two strains of influenza type A and one strain of influenza type B. The four-component vaccine will provide protection against two strains of influenza types A and B.”

Now is the time to get the flu shot, Richards said. Some employers provide free or discounted flu vaccines at the workplace. Flu shots can also be obtained through local healthcare providers, county health departments; drugstores, or big box store pharmacies or medical clinics.

“Flu cases are expected to start increasing early in October and may last late into May,” Richards said. “This makes September and early October the ideal time to get your flu shot.”



Posted 9/17/2020




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