Going in for your annual flu shot is an excellent way to protect your body against invasion by flu viruses. Coming down with the flu is costly for both your pocketbook and to your health. The CDC reports that the 2017-2018 flu season affected 48.8 million people and resulted in 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths. Making sure you receive an annual flu vaccination can prevent pain and discomfort as well as lost time at work. Unfortunately, there are still those who fear that a flu shot will give them flu, rather than preventing an outbreak.
7. The Flu Shot Won’t Give You the Flu
Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, some individuals mistakenly believe that obtaining a flu shot will trigger an episode of the flu. The CDC reports that injectable flu vaccines are made from either killed viruses or inactivated flu virus components. These inactive viruses will not cause you to come down with the flu. The nasal spray flu vaccine is made from live flu viruses. However, these viruses are attenuated, or weakened, viruses. The live, attenuated flu viruses contained in the nasal spray cannot be activated in the warm temperatures of your lungs.
6. Protection Against Flu Viruses
Scientists create flu vaccines each year specifically to treat the strains of influenza viruses currently causing illness. According to Scientific American, teams of scientists in influenza centers around the globe study viral strains and trends to determine which viruses are currently active. For the 2019-2020 flu vaccination, the World Health Organization recommends a quadrivalent vaccine containing an A/Brisbane/02/2018(H1N1)pdm09-like virus, an A/Kansas/14/2017(H3N2)-like virus, a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus, and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.