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Myths and Facts About the Flu Vaccine Vlog

November 7, 2019

[music] Speaker 1: One of the myths
about the flu vaccine is that you can get the flu from the flu
vaccine and this is not true. The flu vaccine,
the injectable vaccine is composed of inactivated
or killed virus. You can get flu-like symptoms. It usually lasts for about
one to two days which might include fever, body aches,
sneezing, coughing and cold. Speaker 2: This is a very
common misconception and a very,
very hot topic actually these days. A lot of people do believe that
the flu vaccine causes autism but the short answer to this
myth is that no it does not. Numerous studies have
been done on flu vaccine among many other vaccines
to ensure that there is no link to autism
or any other permanent damage, neurological
or behavioral disorders. All of those studies unanimously
have shown no statistical association with autism or any
other permanent damage. Speaker 1: The flu vaccine is 70
to 90% effective most of the time, depending on the strains that we
get during that particular year. If ever you do contract the flu
after being vaccinated, typically you will have less symptoms and number
of days that you will be sick. Speaker 2: There are many reasons why people feel the flu
is not that serious. One of those reasons is that
we often misuse the term flu to describe common colds
and other sorts of viruses. Influenza, however, is a very
specific group of viruses that cause typically more serious
infection than the common cold. For some people, it may be as
simple as fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches
and those sorts of symptoms. However, for many unfortunate people,
the flu ends up with other kinds of complications
that may even require hospitalization and can
include death. Speaker 1: Healthy people
do need a flu vaccine. Typically,
if you do contract the flu, you are already harboring the virus at least a day prior to the onset
of full-blown symptoms from the flu. Therefore you can pass
this to other individuals, especially to the younger
and older population. You do need to get the flu
vaccine every year and the reason for this is because each
year we have a different strain of virus or we try
to make a strain that’s probably going to be effective
for the particular year. At the same time, your immunity
wanes after a certain period of time. Speaker 2: The flu vaccine has
been found to be safe in pregnancy. In fact, it’s recommended
for all pregnant women. Pregnancy is considered a relatively
immunocompromised state, meaning that pregnant women are
actually some of the highest risk of contracting the flu,
becoming severely ill and having those major
complications that we want to avoid. The flu vaccine is recommended
during pregnancy both to protect the pregnant
mother and her unborn child. There are many reasons
why people consider the flu to be just a really bad cold. One of those reasons is that people
oftentimes throw the word flu around when they are talking about
a bad cold or a stomach virus. Terms like stomach flu are not
actually accurate terms and usually reflect other viruses but not
infections with the influenza virus. The flu is a very specific type of infection caused
by one of the many strains of influenza virus,
which is oftentimes much more severe and aggressive and can be associated
with much more serious complications and death compared with other common
cold and other flu-like illnesses. Numerous studies have
found the flu vaccine and its components to be quite safe. There is a small amount
of a component called thimerosal in some forms
of the flu vaccine. Not in all forms
and in a very small amount. This is a mercury based
component which is the cause of lots
of controversy and has been questioned as to
whether or not it may be linked to autism or other
types of disorders. For this reason, the numerous
studies have been performed and have shown that there is
no link to autism and there is no long term adverse
effects from this very scanty amount of thimerosal in some
components of the flu vaccine. Speaker 1: Most of the side effects from the flu vaccine
are usually local reaction such as
redness of your skin, some swelling and some soreness. You typically don’t get the typical
flu-like symptoms from a flu vaccine. If ever you do, it usually
lasts for about one or two days with minimal respiratory
signs and symptoms.

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