The truth about the side effects of flu vaccine

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"The flu shot is incredibly important because it reduces your risk of contracting the flu", Michelle Lin, an emergency room doctor, and professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, told Fox News on Thursday. 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.

While reactions to the flu shot may include a low-grade fever or muscle aches, the vaccine can not cause the flu virus.

Twenty-eight percent believe the flu shot causes autism. Doctors can report statistics and offer a broad glimpse at how bad the flu season is - and previous year those warnings came swift, with cases piling up rapidly - but it's hard to nail down an exact number. Last year, more than 80,000 Americans died from complications stemming from the flu.

Dr. Huffer says claims that vaccines are harmful to your health are untrue. So it's possible that you could contract flu or a variation of the virus during in this time. "So you can get a reaction, but you can't get the actual influenza from it", Huffer says.

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

While there are many misconceptions about the flu vaccine, "the most common one we hear is that it gives people the flu", Lin said. You should get a flu shot that is not only for your own health, but for the health of others.

The CDC regularly reminds everyone to get their flu shots and to get them early, but many people choose not to or simply decide they don't have the time. The shot protects from the flu and helps to prevent the spread of the flu.

Lin said this year's vaccine protects against three or four strains of the flu. People should know that it contains live viruses.

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