Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths
Thursday, January 17
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are 7 common myths about vaccination from Detroit's The Henry Ford Health System: Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blind studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at …
Fluzone High-Dose is widely available, with CVS among retailers providing it to people 65 and older. The mega dose is intended to produce a stronger immune response in patients.
The flu sucker-punched a lot of Floridians, arriving early and with a vengeance in 2012-2013. The virus is sticking around, too. It is now widespread across most U.S. states, including the Sunshine State. Vaccines are still available, and there's also a high-dose version that may KO chances older patients may succumb to the virus. A high-dose flu shot? If you've never heard of the vaccine, you're not alone. It is only a couple years old but effective in senior citizens, who often are vulnerable to flu's complications, which include pneumonia. The high-dose flu vaccine was developed with patients 65 and older in mind. They can handle the mega-dose of antigens that the vaccine delivers, which is four times the usual amount. That high does …
Red Cross urges people to get the flu shot as the virus spreads across the country.
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Thursday, January 10
Widespread flu activity across much of the country is prompting the American Red Cross to urge people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now. The Red Cross also offers steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States. Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, …