Debunking common myths about the flu vaccine

With flu season upon us health experts are trying to debunk some of the myths surrounding flu vaccines

MADISON, Wis (WKBT) – With flu season upon us health experts are trying to debunk some of the myths surrounding flu vaccines.

Many people believe that a flu shot will also protect you against the stomach flu.

Stomach flu is caused by inflammation, not a virus.

Another popular myth is that the flu vaccine can give you the actual flu.

While the shot does contain the flu it is inactive meaning it cannot cause infection.

“Vaccines are designed to stimulate your immune system and trick it into thinking that you’ve actually had the disease. And so it’s natural that you’re going to have some activation of your immune system after getting a vaccine, and you may get a little bit of fever or a little bit of achiness, but it will not give you the actual influenza disease; the pneumonia, the cough, the respiratory illness that comes along with influenza. The two are unrelated,” said Dr. James Conway, the Immunization Medical Director at UW Health.

For more information and a full list of the flu myths, you can here.