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It’s estimated at almost 20% of Americans will have the flu sometime this season! Many doctor’s offices and emergency rooms are over crowded with sick patients claiming to have flu-like symptoms. One case was reported fatal so it’s really important that you get your flu shot ASAP!

Some folks are a little skeptical about getting the flu shot, so I’m here to rest your pretty little mind about the myths behind the flu shot…as according to ABC News:


Myth: Only the elderly and those at high risk need to be immunized.

Fact: Influenza can make anyone, including the healthiest among us, seriously ill, and even if you don’t develop symptoms yourself, you can pass the virus on to others.


Myth: The flu shot itself can give you a case of the flu.

Fact: The virus used in the vaccine is grown in chicken eggs and killed off before it reaches your bloodstream. There’s absolutely nothing in it capable of causing the flu.


Myth: If I have a cold, I should postpone getting a flu shot.

Fact: As long as you’re not suffering from a major illness or running a temperature higher than 101°F, the flu shot doesn’t present a health risk for you, according to experts.


Here are some common symptoms of the flu virus:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • cough  and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)




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