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Dispelling common flu myths

January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — There are many myths about the flu that are keeping people from doing more to prevent it, according to a press release.

According to the release, Mayo Clinic infectious diseases and vaccine expert Gregory Poland, MD, dispels some of the most common:

flu temperatureFlu myth #1: Flu vaccines can give me the flu
False. Injectable flu vaccines are composed of pieces of inactivated flu proteins — and it’s impossible for them to… [read more]

Flu myth #2: Flu shots never work anyway, so why bother?
False. When there is a good match between the viruses causing disease and those in the vaccine, protection is excellent in otherwise healthy people. Protection is lower if… [read more]

Flu myth #3: Flu vaccines are dangerous, especially for pregnant women
False. Concerns about pregnant women getting vaccinated began when women were advised not to get any kind of vaccination during… [read more]

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"No one should confuse influenza with a 'minor illness.' Serious complications and death result every year due to flu. Vaccines, while imperfect, offer the best protection available for you and your family, as well as others you come in contact with," said Poland.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.