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Three myths about flu shots

Flu season has begun in Montana. As of October 14, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 37 flu cases statewide, with three of those cases in Flathead County.

The number one way to avoid the flu is to get a flu shot, and now is the best time of year to get one. Your flu shot can take up to two weeks to become effective, after which time you will have immunity to the strains of flu in this year’s vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October.

While the flu can be a minor condition for some, it can be very serious for young children, the elderly, those who are already ill or those with compromised immune systems. Even if you are in good health, getting a flu shot can help stop the spread of flu to those more vulnerable around you.

The team at KRH Care Anywhere is standing by to help you and your family when you do get sick. We’re available 24/7 for minor illnesses and injuries, including colds and flu.

Three myths about flu shots

Myth 1: “I’m allergic to eggs so can’t get a flu shot.”

If you can eat lightly cooked eggs such as scrambled eggs without a reaction, or only had hives after eating eggs, it is recommended that you receive the normal flu vaccine. If you have had more serious reactions to eggs such as anaphylaxis or breathing problems, you likely can still safely receive a flu vaccine, but consult your regular doctor or allergist first.

Myth 2: “I’m pregnant so I can’t receive a flu vaccine.”

Pregnant women should get vaccinated as they are at a higher risk of complications from the flu. A flu shot can pass antibodies to an unborn child and protect against flu until they are old enough to get a flu shot, at around 6 months old. Pregnant women can receive the flu vaccine at any time during pregnancy.

Myth 3: “The flu shot gives me the flu.”

The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus that is broken up into small pieces to stimulate your body and make antibodies that will fight the flu virus if you are exposed later. The flu shot will not give you the flu. The average person gets three colds a year, with a large majority of those occuring during cold and flu season – so just by random chance, about 15 to 20 percent of people will get a cold or similar illness within two weeks of getting a flu shot.


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