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Why The Flu Shot Can’t Give You The Flu

Last year's flu season was a "" across all age groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported, with high levels of visits to outpatient clinics and emergency departments for flu-related symptoms. This activity began to increase last November.

Flu season is looming, and an . This is the first reported pediatric death of this flu season, according to the Florida Department of Health.

It’s biologically impossible for you to catch the flu from being vaccinated, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist and a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

That’s because the vaccine is constructed from a killed virus. Not only that, but also there are only a couple of proteins from that dead virus in the vaccine. So, nobody’s getting injected with a complete virus.

Please talk with your general practitioner/pulmonologist about getting your flu shot. People with asthma should not get the flu mist. 

If you do get the flu here are 

Have you been vaccinated against the flu this year? Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with the flu this season?

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  • Deborah Bartlett

    Thank you for this very important post. I have gotten my flu shot and my 2nd pneumonia shot. Hope everyone else gets their flu shot if they haven't already!

  • Melissa G

    Grace has had hers. Josh and I go tomorrow. Neil will have his by the end of the week and I need to call and schedule Bekah's. 

  • carolicase

    Flu shots are extremely important! Especially for people in school/college/work as sickness easily travels in crowded places with constant human contact. Unfortunately you can still get the flu even after the vaccine due to the fact that the flu can mutate and there are so many different strains it is impossible to stop them all. Regardless, I get my flu shot every year (and will most years inevitably get some strain of flu ).

  • Melissa G

    Oh my Carol, that is awful that you still get the flu and you get the shot! That is incredibly frustrating! I hope this year is different and you are flu free!