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

Health officials believe they have created a vaccine more effective against major flu strains this season

Flu shots are recommended for seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women.

"Everyone eligible here will be able to get it by the end of November, well in advance of the traditional flu season".

Officials say getting vaccinated helps healthy individuals protect more vulnerable people around them.

"No, flu vaccines can not cause flu illness", the CDC states.

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

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the 2018-19 season vaccine has been revised to better match circulating viruses: the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A (H3N2) component was updated.

"There's pretty good evidence that the flu vaccine does not cause autism", said Dr. Thomas Huffer, Pediatrician, HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital.

Officials say getting vaccinated helps healthy individuals protect more vulnerable people around them
Officials say getting vaccinated helps healthy individuals protect more vulnerable people around them

Because the flu shot contains inactivated viruses-or only uses a single gene from a flu virus- it's not possible to get the flu from the shot, according to the agency.

Even in a normal season, Health Canada says influenza-related complications can land about 12,000 Canadians in hospital and kill 3,500. 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.

Health officials say the flu is already present in Oklahoma and has led to several hospitalizations in the state.

The flu is a common viral infection, that in serious cases can be deadly.

Health Canada has approved either the shot or the nasal spray for kids aged two and up. Sometimes the number is relatively small, with only around 12,000 to 15,000 deaths, while other years see 40,000 or 50,000 deaths, many of whom are either small children or elderly.

More than half of the people who responded believed that the flu shot caused the flu.


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