Flu Vaccine Questions Answered

Can the flu shot make you ‘sick from the flu.’ Uncommonly people get a variety of symptoms including aches in your muscles, headaches, even low grade fevers. The flu vaccine is made from killed or weakened viruses that are not specifically infections, so a vaccine cannot give you flu.

Healthy individuals cannot always fight off getting seriously ill, so that just being healthy doesn’t mean you do not need to be vaccinated against illnesses such as the flu.

In pregnancy each trimester is safe to obtain the flu shot.

Vaccines of the mom are not harmful to the baby, they are protective to your baby by conferring passive immunity to the baby because the protective antibodies that mom forms pass to the baby through the placenta.

Vaccines have never been shown to be linked to miscarriages.

It is not ‘healthier’ to get the flu than be vaccinated. You are not likely to get immune to future influenza exposure, and you may in fact get very sick.

Young people do not benefit by getting more than one dose of the flu shot.

Flu shots do not protect against common colds nor other types of respiratory infections, nor do they make you more likely to get them. Flu shots are really just a strategy to prevent serious illness from influenza.

Rarely there is a form of mercury in some vaccines (mostly there is none). Vaccine exposure to mercury has never been linked with any diseases, including autism.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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