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5 Flu Myths and Facts: Why You Should Get the Flu Shot

After settling into cooler autumn days, the dreaded flu season begins. With a larger family, a flu spreading like wildfire through the household has lengthy consequences that can last weeks to months by the time the last of our large family has recovered and that’s a risk I just can’t take. This week Shoppers Drug Mart has started offering flu shots across Canada, no appointment necessary, making it easy for families to be protected.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post through Shoppers Drug Mart. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own.

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When I was working in health care it was a no-brainer to get the flu shot every year. Not only could I not afford to have the time off work should I become sick with the flu, I certainly didn’t want my littles ones getting ill to the point of hospitalization, especially my daughter who was born premature. Just the slightest hint of a virus would send her into the hospital for several days of heartbreaking suctions and nebulizer treatments. Now that she is a teen, her allergies and Asthma are more controlled but I continue to protect her, and the rest of my family, as soon as the flu shot becomes available.

The flu shot is an easy decision for me; all I have to do is visualize my daughter, unable to breathe, scared and gasping for air with her life at risk because of a flu she caught from someone else who didn’t get vaccinated and my decision is made. This is real for many and frightening as a mother who has experienced it; there is no terror like that of a parent watching a child suffer and feeling helpless.

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These days I work from home but that doesn’t give me any less reason to get vaccinated. Should I become ill with the flu, the likelihood of my family contracting the virus and spreading it to friends at school or work are just as good as if I were working outside the home. As a parent of a child who has medical concerns, I take vaccination seriously. I may not be able to take the risk away completely but I can certainly do my part to help decrease the chance of serious health consequences for my own family and those we come into contact with at higher risk of complications.

It’s hard to wade through all the myths and misinformation out there, especially in the days of social media where everything (fact or fiction) is available at your fingertips. Opinion doesn’t make it true so let’s go over some myths you may have heard and arm you with the facts to protect your family.

Flu MYTHS and FACTS

  1. The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
    • FALSE. Flu vaccinations delivered via a needle are either made with an ‘inactivated’ flu virus that’s not infectious, or with no flu virus at all. You can experience mild symptoms as a result of your body building antibodies towards the flu strain you were inoculated for but this is not the flu. It can take up to 2 weeks to develop a resistance to the strains you were given the flu shot for. If you become sick with the flu in that time frame, it’s easy to assume the flu shot gave you the flu but the reality is that it is a coincidence; you were likely exposed to the illness before you had the flu shot.
  2. If I think I’ve had the flu before the flu shot is available, I don’t need to get the flu shot.
    • FALSE. The flu shot is different each year, protecting you against the strains suspected to be most rampant that flu season.
  3. The flu is basically the same as a common cold and isn’t that serious.
    • FALSE. A cold develops gradually, usually over the course of a day or two and can last up to two weeks.  The Flu can come out of nowhere and hit hard, with a fever lasting a few days and weakness and fatigue potentially for several weeks. Just think of all the lost days; by getting the flu shot you can help ensure every family member is protected, especially those most vulnerable around you, like children and the elderly.
  4. You don’t need to get the flu vaccine every year.
    • FALSE. In order to best protect yourself from the flu you need to be vaccinated annually. Getting a vaccine doesn’t need to be a complicated, time-consuming process.  Canadians can drop in to their local Shoppers Drug Mart or select grocery stores at any time of day, without an appointment.
  5. Almost everyone should get the flu shot.
    • TRUE. Every Canadian over the age of six months should get an annual flu vaccination. Even young, healthy people can get the flu and become seriously ill. The flu vaccination is the best way to help prevent catching or spreading the flu. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need to get a flu vaccination again this year. The flu vaccine is especially important for people who may be immunocompromised or those with chronic conditions, children 6 months to 2 years, pregnant woman, the elderly and those that work in health care or places where population is high.
    • Children younger than 6 months and those who have had a previous allergic reaction to the flu shot should not receive the flu shot.  Those with a severe egg allergy can still receive the flu shot with restrictions but should consult their doctor beforehand. Those with an acute illness, infection or a fever should postpone the flu shot until you are in better health.

It’s easy to become confused by all the flu myths out there but the facts are hard to argue with. For more information on flu shot facts, check out Shoppers Drug Mart website FAQ’s or join in the #ShoppersFlu conversation with me on Twitter @thislilpiglet and @ShopprsDrugMart.

 

*Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/flu-grippe/professionals-professionnels-eng.php

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/10-flu-myths

 

144 comments on “5 Flu Myths and Facts: Why You Should Get the Flu Shot”

  1. Would get the flu shot to protect my little niece that I am around all the time.

  2. The whole family would get the flu shot because we have an elderly (vulnerable sector) living with us.

  3. I would get the flu shot to protect my family and friends.

  4. I USUALLY get the shot every year but they hold it in my town only for 3 hrs and I work during that time so I hope to get into the city on Thursday and get it. (last yr I got it in the city and it took 3 min)

    • I’m not sure if you have public health who offers it where you are but that happened to me with my little ones, I missed the only 2 clinics and because they are under the age that Shoppers will do the flu shot it was easy and quick with the public health nurse.

  5. It would be great if nobody passed around their viruses as it’s not lovely to be sick.

  6. I get the flu shot along with my 3 boys! Thank you!

  7. Seniors , kids or anyone working with the public

  8. I have medical conditions so I get the flu shot to protect myself

  9. I’d get the flu shot myself to prevent my baby due this Dec from getting ill!

  10. I have cancer of the immune system so I get the shot every year .

  11. My daughter I saw pregnant so I am protecting her

  12. My family. Wonderful giveaway, thank you for the chance.

  13. My whole family gets the flu shot to protect ourselves plus those who can’t get it. We all went to shoppers yesterday and received it except my toddler as not old enough, he goes to the dr for it tomorrow 🙂

    • Shopeprs makes it super easy but you raised a good point. Depending on the province, they won’t give the flu shot to kids under a certain age. Here in Saskatchewan they will give the flu shot to 9 years or older so I just took my little ones to public health and now everyone is protected. It is nice for teens and adults to be able to just pop into a local Shopper’s and get it done though.

  14. I would get the flu shot to protect everyone in my family, I also get the flu shot to protect myself since I am not a healthy person

  15. I go because I work with vulnerable populations! I would take my kids and hubby to get a flu shot, too! Love thee convenience at Shoppers!

  16. I would get the flu shot to protect my baby son and husband.

  17. If I was able to get the flu shot (I take an allergic reaction to it), I would get it for my elderly parents.

    • Sorry to hear this but it does raise an important point. For people like you who are allergic, it’s even more important for the people around you to get immunized to reduce the spread.

  18. I get the flu shot to protect everyone. I’ve had a stem-cell transplant in the past, which severely compromises your immune system, so I know just how important it is to protect ourselves and everyone we come in contact with.

  19. my family and myself

  20. I would get myself and my kids the flu shot tobe safe and protect us from the flu

  21. I would get the flu shot to prevent my family from getting sick!

  22. I would get the flu shot to protect any family I am around

  23. I would get it to protect my family

  24. I would get flu shot for my sisters who are struggling with coughs and newly found out asthma

  25. I get the flu shot for myself and my family ! I don’t want to , or have time to be sick ! Things to be done !

  26. I work with young children so I would get the flu shot for me and I did yesterday.

  27. The whole family will get the flu shot because we all work out in public.

  28. I would get the flu shot to protect those who aren’t able to get the flu shot.

  29. I get the flu shot as I have asthma and other health problems that mean if I get sick it’s most likely a trip to the emergency room.

    • Sorry to hear this; my daughter has Asthma and it means exactly this. The first sign of a sniffle for regular people would be fine but not for people with Asthma.

  30. I work in hospital so I would protect my patients

  31. My whole family would!

  32. I would get the flu shot to protect everyone in my family and friends…any circle of people that I associate with too.

  33. my mom with her number of health issues. with her getting the flu, it really puts a toll on her.

  34. Definitely for my son who has special needs & has a lowered immunity to colds & flu!

  35. My spouse and I and our two children will all be getting the flu shot. Thanks!

  36. I get the flu shot every year!

  37. I would get the flu shot to protect my family from the flu!

  38. I get the flu shot to protect my elderly grandparents and my family

  39. i get the flu shot to protect patients and to protect my kids

  40. We all get the flu shot around here – it’s far better than the weeks of sickness in the winter!

    • It really is. With a family, the flu can mean weeks to months of illness, lost work/school/activities by the time it runs through everyone in the household. It’s not worth the risk imo.

  41. I get the flu shot to protect myself and my family.

  42. I work in a hospital so I definitely get the flu shot – to protect myself and my patients.

  43. For my kids since they are small and a flu could really make them sick.

  44. For me the flu is deadly…My lung weakness/low capacity respiratory illness leaves me very vulnerable. I’ve been getting the flu shot for 30 years…

    • I’m sorry you deal with this; you and people like you are exactly why it is important for the people around you to also get the flu shot to help reduce the spread.

  45. I would get the flu shot to protect myself, family, friends and the general public

  46. I get the flu shot to protect my immune compromised husband and the clients I work with.

  47. Everyone in our household gets the flu shot. Those working in daycares, nursing homes, hospitals, schools or public places should get the flu shot too.

  48. I would get the flu shot to protect my family

  49. I get the flu shot to protect my daughters against the flu!

  50. We all get it, it helps protect the young and the vulnerable.

    • Okay. And who would be in your mind to protect by getting the flu shot? To me, it’s to protect my daughter who has Asthma, who was born premature and spent many days in her earlier life in the hospital at the first sign of a sniffle. It was that serious to us as a family. I’m not sure what your comment “We all get it” is meant for. You either support the flu shot or you don’t; I’m here to provide the pros and cons and my personal story of why I support it. I’ve done so honestly above in this blog post. If you don’t support or are not here to learn about the science or reasons behind the pros then perhaps this blog post is not for you.

  51. I would get the flu shot to protect my family

  52. both me and my son have gotten the flu shot

  53. We get our flu shots to protect our daughter, ourselves and our grandchildren! Thanks

  54. I already got mine, as did my husband. The kids need to get it and my senior mom, who has health issues, needs it too.

  55. I would get it for myself my immune is very low

  56. My daughter is pregnant with our 1st grandchild. We all got the flu shot. To protect us and this precious lil one expected to arrive next May

  57. My whole entire family, especially because we have illness risks in the family.

  58. I would get the flu shot to protect my family and friends!

  59. We should all get the flu shot, really

  60. i would get the flu shot to protect my husband against the flu.

  61. I would recommend the flu shot to my mother who is too old to deal with the flu.

  62. My hubby and I get the flu shot to protect our kids and also to protect ourselves from all the viruses that get passed around at work!

  63. i get the flu shot to protect myself and others

  64. I got the flu shot to protect my family, friends and co-workers.

  65. I get the flu shot to protect myself and my family. Workplaces like daycares are a petri dish for colds and flus.

  66. I just got the flu shot at Shoppers to protect my family.

  67. All my family members would get the flu shot

  68. My elderly mother gets the flu shot

  69. I would get the flu shot to protect our kiddo against the flu!

  70. I want to keep my daughter and her friends safe & healthy.

  71. I’m getting the flu shot to protect my grandson who is due to arrive this winter!

  72. I get the whole family the flu shot. I make sure my Aunt and her family have appointments made as well!

  73. I would get the flu shot to protect myself, my family and friends

  74. I would get the flu shot to protect my 2 kids.

  75. My 3 year old and my 10m old. Due to allergies they cannot get them

  76. The kids and I just got our flu shots tonight 😊

  77. I would get a flu shot with my boyfriend!!

  78. My dad and mom!

  79. I think anyone who has a compromised immune system should have the flu shot.

  80. I would get the flu shot to protect my elderly father

  81. For my family, and also… everyone!

  82. I would get the flu shot for my 4 daughters.

  83. i’d get it to protect my husband

  84. I have an autoimmune disease so I always get the flu shot, and everyone else in my household also gets it.

  85. I would get the flu shot to protect the new niece in our family who’s just a wee baby

  86. We usually get the flu shot to protect ourselves from the flu and protect my mom who’s an elederly and lives with my family.

  87. Made sure my husband got the flu shot as our daughter is pregnant

  88. I would get the flu shot myself to protect my family and friends

  89. Everyone that cant get it ♡

  90. I would get the flu shot to protect myself and my family against the flu!

  91. I would get it to protect my little ones at work

  92. Everyone and their Mama’s would get a flu shot within my family! We need to protect against the flu together!

  93. I would get it to protect my grandma who just turned 91.

  94. I would get the flu shot to protect my daughter. She’s under six months old still and can’t get it herself yet.

  95. MY Daughter – i hate to see her sick 🙁 (we all suffer)

  96. I would get my parents to get the flu shot. I get worried when they get sick as it seems to take longer to get well.

  97. I would get the flu shot to help protect my mom who is a senior and has health issues.

  98. definitely for my kids in grade school …. the whole school is soooo germy! lol

  99. Our whole family gets the flu shot every year.

  100. I would like to protect our whole family!

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