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Key Facts about Flu Vaccines

November 4, 2019

Key facts about Flu Vaccines Are Flu Vaccines Safe? Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely
received flu vaccines over the past 50 years and extensive research supports their safety. A lot of people ask me as a researcher and
parent about flu vaccine safety. Like any medical product, flu vaccines can
cause side effects, but these are generally mild and go away on their own within a few
days. I understand the anxiety some people might
feel who just want what is best for their family. The benefits of flu vaccine far outweigh the
risk. That is why I ensure my family gets vaccinated
against flu every year. If I’m pregnant, should I get a flu shot? Well I am pregnant and per my doctor’s advice,
I got my flu vaccine in September. Vaccination during pregnancy is especially
important because being pregnant puts me at higher risk for getting sick or being hospitalized
with flu. Not only does the flu vaccine protect me but
it also will protect my baby for several months after birth before she is old enough
to be vaccinated. Can a flu vaccine give you flu? No. Flu vaccines cannot give you flu. Flu vaccines are made with either killed viruses,
weakened viruses, or just a single gene from a flu virus, none of which can cause illness. Some people do experience mild symptoms that
seem like flu after getting a vaccine, which is just a sign that your body is responding
to it and developing protection against flu. For the flu shot, the most common symptoms
include soreness, redness, and tenderness where the shot was given. But these side effects usually begin soon
after vaccination and last 1 or 2 days. The best way to protect yourself and your
family from flu this season is to get vaccinated. Thank you for tuning in.

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