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Misconceptions associated with the flu

It is never too soon to get your flu shot and there are some things you should know. Health experts say there are lots of misconceptions about the flu and the vaccine. The most common misconception is that the shot will actually make you sick. Experts say this is not true. The second most common misconception is that the flu is just a bad cold. “The flu actually kills. It causes 36,000 deaths per year in the United States. 226,000 hospitalizations per year in the United States,” said Infectious Disease Specialist, Paul Kamitsuka, M.D. Dr. Kamitsuka said generally our area sees most of our flu cases after December, but that can vary. He said the best way to avoid the flu, is simply, get vaccinated.

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Flu shots

The one and only flu shot I ever received put me in the hospital for 3 days within 24 hours. So I'll rely on my own experience and let the experts prattle on. I'll never get another one.


Actually, my doctor just told me last week that it may be just a little early yet for the vaccine only because of the fact that its protection last between 4 and 5 months and they hardley see any cases much before Christmas. The worst time is between Jan-Mar. Ideally, one should wait another month or so before getting the shot to achieve the highest level of protection. Obviously, there are always exceptions to the rule, but if you want to be protected during the worst months, I would wait another month to get the shot.