Healthcare providers bust one common myth about flu shots

By: Brittany Nauta Email
By: Brittany Nauta Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) It is time to pay extra attention to washing your hands. The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported the first two positive cases of the flu this week.

“This is just the beginning it will continue to build up over the next few weeks, I expect,” Dr. Mitchell Wicker said.

Flu season typically begins in October or November. Healthcare providers encourage everyone to get that shot in the arm immediately, because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to develop protection to the body.

Medical providers say they take the flu very seriously but there is one myth they want to bust about getting vaccinated for this virus.

“You can’t catch the flu from the flu shot, there’s just no way,” Wicker said.

Wicker added many people believe the flu shot will actually give them the flu. That is not true because the vaccine does not have a live virus.

“One of the biggest myths I hear about the flu vaccine is that I will get the flu if I get the flu vaccine and that is not true,” physician assistant, Mary Engle said.

In addition to the flu shot, healthcare providers recommend ways to help avoid the flu such as hand washing, using tissues and visiting the doctor.

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