Busting the flu shot myths

November 2, 2018

A flu vaccine is the best protection in keeping the disease at bay

Influenza killed 80,000 people last season, 180 of them were children.

Among the child deaths reported to Center for Disease Control (CDC) last season, about
80 percent were in children who were not vaccinated. More than one-third occurred among children 6 months to 4 years old.

And, more than 900,000 people were hospitalized, double the number of many regular flu seasons.

A recent study indicated that the flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admissions by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.

Another study showed that getting the flu vaccine was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages during the 2011-2012 flu season.

“Getting the flu shot is the first line of defense against the disease,” said Dr. David Gude, Texas MedClinic chief medical officer and practicing physician. “So many people believe they don’t need one for reasons that are not medically founded.”

Still do not think the flu shot will help you? Check out the flu shot myths below.
The Benefits of Flu Vaccination 2016-2017

Myth: You can catch the flu from the vaccine.

No, you cannot catch the flu from the vaccine. The vaccine is an inactive virus that cannot transmit infection. Those who get sick after they receive the shot were going to get sick      anyway. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to activate and provide protection from the flu.

Myth: If you are healthy, you do not need to get the flu shot.

Everyone benefits from the flu shot. And, it is especially important for those with chronic illness to get vaccinated to avoid serious health complications if they contract the flu. The    CDC recommends anyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot, including pregnant women.

Myth: You do not need to get a flu vaccine every year.

The influenza virus changes or mutates each year. Getting vaccinated each year ensures you have the immunity to that season’s strain that will most likely cause an outbreak.

Myth: The vaccine is all you need to protect yourself from getting the flu.

“Beyond the flu vaccine, the most important deterrent to catching the flu is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We have a better chance at fighting the flu, preventing the virus from       taking hold when we eat nutritiously, get plenty of sleep and keep allergies in control. If allergies go uncontrolled, then your upper respiratory tract is already inflamed, which sets it up to more easily acquire a virus,” said Dr. Gude.

Dr. Gude also advises to wash hands regularly and to cover your face when sneezing or coughing.

Texas MedClinic has flu vaccines available. You can walk into any clinic, or check-in online.

Avoid the wait, Check-In Online Urgent Care
27
Post Views: 1766
© 2020 Texas MedClinic®. All Rights Reserved. Phone: (210) 349-5577 | info@texasmedclinic.com
San Antonio Website Design & Development - Backyard Studios

For those WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS or with other illnesses or injuries, please register online. If there are no available time slots, we most likely can still accommodate you, except late into the evening.
PLEASE WALK-IN.

We are still performing physicals, drug and alcohol testing, TB tests, and immunizations, please check-in online or walk-in to schedule a time slot.


For those WITHOUT COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, we created an Express Testing Service.
To better serve you during the high demand for COVID-19 testing, please follow these instructions:

  • You MUST Check-In Online. If all slots are filled (for the next 24 hours), we are not able to see you as a walk-in and will not perform a test.
  • If you Check-In Online and reserve a slot that is intended for the ill or injured and present to the clinic without symptoms for COVID-19 testing, we will turn you away.

For Texas MedClinic COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pricing please check the COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.


While we are working hard to support the community's need for testing, we continue to serve those who are ill and injured and who need Urgent Medical Care.