Getting sick with the flu can have terrible consequences such as severe illness and prolonged class absence. Unfortunately, some people don’t get the flu shot because of myths and beliefs which are not accurate. So, if you are on the fence about the flu vaccine, please consider the following.
The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
- The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines are made with ‘inactivated’ (killed) or partial virus and is therefore not infectious.
I don’t need the flu shot, I never get the flu.
- Your luck may run out! Keep in mind that campuses are very different from your home environment. You are exposed to many people and germs in classrooms, residence halls, and dining areas. This exposure increases your risk of getting sick from all kinds of germs, including the (very contagious) flu.
The flu shot doesn’t work.
- Yes, the vaccine is not always effective, but if you do get the flu despite being vaccinated, it will still offer some protection, making your disease less severe.