Should I get a flu shot?

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flu shot flu vaccineEvery fall, the flu vaccine becomes available and every year, we try to decide if we should get it.  We’ve all heard the rumors of people that have gotten the flu from the vaccine… so is it true, is it possible?

According to the CDC, you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.  The virus used in the vaccine is inactive, so although you can have side effects from the vaccine that are similar to flu symptoms – you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.  So, if you get the flu, either 1) they are flu shot side effects or 2) you had the flu before you got the shot.

This year, with the H1N1 virus, the vaccination process is a bit more complicated but the way I understand it:

The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against the H1N1 flu virus (aka swine flu).

You can get both flu shots, however, they probably will not be ready at the same time.

There are some people who should not get the flu vaccination, make sure you check with your doctor as well as read what the CDC has to say before you get your shot.

CDC – Seasonal Flu Vaccine
CDC – H1N1 Influenza Vaccine

Should I get a flu shot – Washington Post
Vaccine Does for Swine Flu Coming Sooner Than Expected – NY Times

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