Doctors: You can not get the flu from the flu shot

Faith Castro
October 20, 2018

Health experts say the vaccination helps protect them and other people.

Flu season is nearly here and all Nova Scotians over six months old are being encouraged by the province to get a vaccine. Shahab said the number of people getting it has been increasing in recent years.

So, there's no good reason not to get the shot. More information can be found online at or by calling a public health office or the HealthLine at 811. They may be skeptical about vaccines in general. Plus, the body's immune response to a flu vaccine declines over time, which means a yearly vaccination is the best option.

During flu seasons when the vaccine is well-matched with flu strains that are circulating, the vaccine is shown to reduce the need for flu-related medical visits by 30 to 60 percent.

People aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children aged between two and nine and those with an underlying health condition are advised to have the vaccine.

Some local elderly people are being told they'll have to wait for vaccination against flu because of the high take-up across the country. "And especially if you are young and healthy". Your professional life is focused on taking care of the health and well-being of patients.

It's worth noting that some people do have mild reactions to the flu shot, including low-grade fever, headache, and muscle aches, the CDC says.

Officials say getting vaccinated helps healthy individuals protect more vulnerable people around them
Officials say getting vaccinated helps healthy individuals protect more vulnerable people around them

The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for flu is at 0.8%.

"No, flu vaccines can not cause flu illness", the CDC states.

Most nurses who don't intend to get vaccinated this flu season either aren't convinced this vaccine works, or don't believe that they personally require vaccination. This is unequivocally false. It is important to remember that the influenza vaccine takes about two weeks to provide protection against the flu. Remember that the flu may cause serious complications and can even be deadly.

John Knighton, medical director, said: 'Thank you to all of our staff who have had their flu vaccinations. We have several different ways to prevent contracting the flu while in college.

Why should you get a flu shot?

So next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in and get one, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Parents in Fife are being urged to act now to reduce the risk of their children contracting Flu this winter.

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