*Can getting the flu vaccine give you the flu or make you sick?
Fact: The flu shot can’t give you the flu
*Do I really need to get the flu vaccine this year if I got it last year?
Fact: For now, a new flu shot each year is still recommended
*Could getting the flu vaccine make it easier for me to catch viruses, pneumonia or other infectious diseases?
Fact: Flu vaccines reduce the risk of pneumonia and other illnesses
*Isn’t the flu shot just a “one size fits all” approach that doesn’t make sense for everyone?
Fact: You have many flu vaccine options, including egg-free, virus-free, preservative-free, low-dose, high-dose and no-needle choices
*Can the flu shot cause death?
Fact: There have been no confirmed deaths from the flu shot
*Aren’t deaths from the flu exaggerated?
Fact: Deaths from influenza range from the lower thousands to tens of thousands each U.S. flu season
*Aren’t the side effects of the flu shot worse than the flu?
Fact: Influenza is nearly always far worse than flu vaccine side effects
*Don’t flu vaccines contain dangerous ingredients such as mercury, formaldehyde and antifreeze?
Fact: Flu shot ingredients do not pose a risk to most people
*Shouldn’t pregnant women avoid the flu shot or only get the preservative-free shot? Could the flu vaccine cause miscarriages?
Fact: Pregnant women are a high-risk group particularly recommended to get the flu shot.Fact: The flu shot reduces miscarriage risk.Fact: Pregnant women can get any inactivated flu vaccine
*Can flu vaccines cause Alzheimer’s disease?
Fact: There is no link between Alzheimer’s disease and the flu vaccine; flu vaccines protect older adults
*Don’t pharmaceutical companies make a massive profit on flu vaccines?
Fact: Vaccines make up a tiny proportion of pharma profits. That makes it possible for them to continue making them in the event of a pandemic
*Flu vaccines don’t really work, do they?
Fact: Flu vaccines reduce the risk of flu
*But flu shots don’t work in children, do they?
Fact: Flu vaccines reduce children’s risk of flu
*Can flu vaccines cause vascular or cardiovascular disorders?
Fact: Flu shots reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke
*Can vaccines can break through the blood-brain barrier of young children and hinder their development?
Fact: Flu vaccines have been found safe for children 6 months and older
*Will the flu vaccine cause narcolepsy?
Fact: The U.S. seasonal flu vaccine does not cause narcolepsy.
*Can the flu vaccine weaken your body’s immune response?
Fact: The flu vaccine prepares your immune system to fight influenza.
*Can’t the flu vaccine cause nerve disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome?
Fact: Influenza is more likely than the flu shot to cause Guillain-Barré syndrome.
*Can the flu vaccine make you walk backward or cause other neurological disorders like Bell’s palsy?
Fact: Neurological side effects linked to flu vaccination are extremely rare (see Concern No. 18), but influenza can cause neurological complications.Fact: The flu shot has not been shown to cause Bell’s palsy.
*Don’t people recover quickly from flu since it’s not really that bad?
Fact: Influenza knocks most people down *hard*
*Can people die from the flu even if they don’t have another underlying condition?
Fact: Otherwise healthy people DO die from the flu
*Can people with egg allergies get the flu shot?
Fact: People with egg allergies can get a flu shot
*Can’t I just take antibiotics if I get the flu?
Fact: Antibiotics can’t treat a viral infection
*Since I got the flu last time I got a flu shot, that means it doesn’t really work for me personally, right?
Fact: The flu shot cannot guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it reduces the risk of catching it
*But I don’t need the shot since I never get the flu, right?
Fact: You can’t predict whether you’ll get the flu
*Can’t I protect myself from the flu by simply eating right and washing my hands regularly?
Fact: A good diet and good hygiene alone cannot prevent the flu
*Won’t getting the flu simply make my immune system stronger?
Fact: The flu weakens your immune system while your body is fighting it and puts others at risk
*If I get the flu, why won’t just staying home prevent me from infecting others?
Fact: You can transmit the flu without showing symptoms
*Can having a new vaccine each year make influenza strains stronger?
Fact: There’s no evidence flu vaccines have a major effect on virus mutations
*Isn’t the “stomach flu” the same thing as the flu? Fact: The “stomach flu” is a generic term for gastrointestinal illnesses unrelated to influenza
*Is there any point in getting a flu shot if I haven’t gotten one by now?
Fact: Getting the flu shot at any time during flu season will reduce your risk of getting the flu