It seems that some parents still believe the popular myth that a flu shot causes the flu.
Florida's Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital conducted a nationwide survey of 700 parents and found that more than half still believed their child could become infected with the flu by vaccine, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
But the flu vaccine does not contain any live viruses, and it can not make you sick, explains the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is possible to get sick shortly after vaccination, but not because of shot.
"After receiving the vaccine, your body needs about two weeks to develop antibodies against the flu, so if you come into contact with the virus during this time, you may still get sick as soon as possible with your flu shot", said the pediatrician Jean Moorjani, Pediatrician at the Children's Hospital Arnold Palmer, in a statement on the survey.
You may also come across another type of virus after the flu shot, such as colds.
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It is worth noting that some people have mild reactions to the flu shot, including mild fever, headaches and muscle aches, says the CDC. But these reactions do not mean that the flu shot has made you sick.
"It can make your arm a little sore, but beyond [you might] you feel a bit 24 hours out – a bit hurt and not quite right," said Thaler. "That's just your immune system being charged."
In addition, these common responses to flu shots are "considerably less severe" than the symptoms of actual flu, adds the CDC website. Remember that the flu can cause serious complications and can even be fatal. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of influenza last winter, and 180 of these deaths occurred in children.
The CDC recommends that anyone six months or older receive the flu vaccine, preferably by the end of October. (People who are allergic to components of the vaccine should not be vaccinated.)
You do not know where to get a flu shot? Use this tool from the CDC to find a location in your zip code.
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