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Parents vs Doctors: Does the flu vaccine cause the flu?

Last season, more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu, the highest toll in over a decade.

That means twice as many people died from the flu last year than motor vehicle accidents.

The national use rate for seat belts is at 90.1 percent, but less than 60% of U.S. citizens get a flu vaccine, what’s the catch?

People think vaccines are making them sick

According to a new survey from Orlando Health found that more than half (53%) of parents with children under the age of 18 believe that their child can get the flu from the flu vaccine….

Per google trends, It’s actually one of the most frequently asked search queries each flu season ↓

What do doctors have to say?

“I’m flabbergasted”, says William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

“I and many others have been saying for over 20 years that you can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine. I don’t know how to say it any louder. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. That’s a myth.”
“We really want people to understand that you can’t get the flu from the flu shot,” Jean Moorjani, a pediatrician at Orlando Health, told Health.

So, where does the CDC stand on this issue..

“No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness,” the CDC states. “Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ (killed) and that therefore are not infectious, or b) using only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without causing infection”, says the CDC.

It’s impossible to get the disease from any vaccine made with dead (killed) bacteria or viruses or just part of the bacteria or virus.

What’s our take?

Go get your flu vaccine, please! You can get a no-cost flu shot at CVS pharmacies too – find a location here.