Myths and misconceptions about flu vaccine
While the flu is a potentially life-threatening illness that is highly contagious, many myths surround whether a flu shot is worthwhile. The common myths and misconceptions surrounding flu vaccine include:
There is no live virus in the flu vaccine, so there is no chance the vaccine can give you the flu.
Anyone is at risk of getting the flu, it doesn’t matter how old or how healthy you are.
The flu virus changes all the time and so the composition of the vaccine changes every year.
Each year around 10 per cent of the Australian community are affected by flu.
Side effects are rare and if present, are mild and only last a day or two.
The flu vaccine is recommended with every pregnancy to protect both the mother and her unborn child.
Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract, and a potentially life threatening illness.
Vaccination can prevent influenza in about 50– 60% of healthy adults under the age of 65.
The vaccine can be quickly and easily administered, whereas if you get the flu, it will affect your ability to work and play for weeks.
There is no time when it is too late to be vaccinated against the flu. The vaccine lasts up to 12 months and peak activity can vary from season to season.