Myth VS Fact: Influenza. Is It Better To Get The Flu Than The Flu Vaccine? | Quincy Medical Group

October 7, 2019

♪ Hey ♪ (rock music) – Hello, I’m Dr. Ernie Wallace here at Quincy Medical Group
Ambulatory Care Center. I work here in our Urgent Care. It is right in the middle
of a very busy flu season, so I thought it’d be a
good time to maybe talk about some of the common
myths, or misconceptions, or truths about the flu. Myth number one. It is better to get the flu than to get the flu vaccine. (buzzer)
False. It is always better to
get the flu vaccine. There’s potential for
serious complications from the influenza. People can get very ill,
end up in the hospital. People who get the vaccine always have a less severe illness, even if they do contract the flu. Myth number two. You can catch the flu
from the flu vaccine. (buzzer)
False, false, false. This may be one of the biggest
falsities we see every year. There is no live virus in the vaccine. It is impossible to catch
influenza from the vaccine. People may catch the common cold, or a separate pneumonia,
or a bad sinus infection, and they may think they’ve got the flu, but that is not from the flu vaccine. That is a separate illness. It is still possible
to contract influenza, even if you’ve had the vaccine, but it is not from the vaccine. Myth number three. The flu is a virus, so there is nothing I can do about it. (buzzer)
False. We do have drugs called anti-viral drugs, one of which you may have heard of, called Tamiflu, that if caught in time, can seriously lessen the
effects of the influenza virus. And ideally, it is started
within the first 48 hours. In some cases of more severe illness, or someone severely immunocompromised, you might even still use it
outside of that 48 hour window. Number four. The flu virus can live up to two day or 48 hours on surfaces. This is true.
(dings) If not cleaned properly, the flu virus can be passed on up to two days out. So it’s important to use
standard cleaning in your home, make sure your canister says
approved to kill influenza A. That’s important. Myth number five. Vomiting and diarrhea, or the stomach flu, is the same thing as influenza. (buzzer)
False. While that is commonly
called the stomach flu, that is not influenza. Influenza’s a respiratory
disease, cough, fever, headache, body aches, much more
similar to pneumonia. And while some young children may vomit a little bit with it, there’s typically no diarrhea. So the anti-virals do not work on that, and that is certainly, you
are offered no protection from that with your flu shot. Myth number six. People with an egg allergy
cannot get a flu shot. (buzzer)
False. While several strains of influenza vaccine were developed for people
specifically with an egg allergy, new studies suggest those
aren’t even necessary. Everyone, everywhere can get a flu vaccine of a regular type,
regardless of an egg allergy. While it’s important to
know the signs of influenza, sudden onset, fever
usually greater than 101, headache, body aches, it is
important with that illness to try to come in and be treated
within the first 48 hours, so we can treat it with
anti-virals, if possible. We’re available seven days a
week here in Ambulatory Care, 7:00 to 7:00, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. (rock music)

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