Doctors: You can not get the flu from the flu shot

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2018

Doctors say the flu is a serious disease that should not be taken lightly.

About 900,000 people had to be hospitalized last flu season and 183 children died from the flu.

Last year, 80,000 people died from the flu, which is the highest total ever recorded since seasonal flu-related deaths have been tracked.

Until that universal vaccine comes out, Fauci says you need to get a flu shot every year.

The flu vaccine is free of cost and persons in the above-mentioned groups are advised to visit their nearest health center to be vaccinated. Doctors can report statistics and offer a broad glimpse at how bad the flu season is - and past year those warnings came swift, with cases piling up rapidly - but it's hard to nail down an exact number. So it's possible that you could contract flu or a variation of the virus during in this time.

How long does it take for the vaccine to take effect?

The shot protects from the flu and helps to prevent the spread of the flu.

Health professionals are urging citizens to get their flu shot.

Lin said this year's vaccine protects against three or four strains of the flu.

Mirella Salvatore, an infectious disease specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, told The New York Times the strains which are now circulating match that in the vaccine, but noted "even when vaccines do not match circulating strains they seem to prevent severe disease, and studies show that unmatched vaccines can still avert million of hospitalizations". He assured us that you can not get the flu from the flu shot.

The CDC has been doing everything in its power to ensure we don't have a repeat of the previous flu season, and recently issued a bulletin emphasizing the importance of being vaccinated.

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