Myth: Influenza is no more than a nuisance, much like the common cold, that cannot be prevented.

Fact: Influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu,” is a severe respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death. Each year in the U.S., on average, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations. Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

Myth: You can get influenza from a flu shot.

Fact: The flu shot does not contain the live virus, so it is impossible to get influenza from the vaccine. Side effects may occur in some people, such as mild soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache, or a low-grade fever. Vaccination is safe and effective, and the best way to help prevent influenza.

Myth: There’s only one type of vaccine available to help protect against the influenza virus.

Fact: Influenza vaccine options are available for children, adults and seniors. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out more about the vaccine option that’s right for each family member.

— Source: American Lung Association’s Influenza Prevention Program


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