Myths About Flu Shots - Myth 4

By Katharine Paljug @kpaljug
October 20, 2017

Myth #4: Getting the flu is better than getting a flu shot

Getting the flu is disruptive to your life and dangerous for your health.

Flu can be a highly debilitating sickness, even in otherwise healthy people, causing missed work and school. It can cause a week or more of symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Severe headache
  • Fatigue

If you have the flu, you put everyone you come in contact with at risk for illness. You are also at risk for serious health complications that can require hospitalization.

Getting a flu shot helps your body develop immunity to the flu virus without actually getting sick.


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Janet O’Dell, RN