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The flu shot saves lives, so don't let popular myths keep you from getting vaccinated. INSIDER spoke with a doctor who busted three common flu shot myths, including the belief that getting the shot makes you sick and the idea that young, healthy people don't need to be vaccinated.
Flu season is approaching in the US, and with it, a redesigned flu vaccine is here. After last year's shot performed so poorly, proving itself only 25% effective against some of the nastiest strains of the flu, infectious disease experts and drugmakers have reformulated the 2018-2019 vaccine.
You should get the flu vaccine — but you should also know that it's not 100% effective.
Scientists studied flu cases in more than 600 cities and towns around the US — and found where flu season lasts the longest
Influenza viruses circulate better in cold, dry air. But scientists who've studied six years of illness data from across the country have found out that the weather isn't as big a factor in transmission rates in big cities. The flu is more persistent all winter in a big metro area.
Estimates show that the flu and its complications resulted in 80,000 deaths last winter. Last year's flu season had high rates of severe illness leading to ER visits and hospitalizations. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get this year's flu shot before the end of October.
Flu season is off to a strong start in the US, with one nasty strain in heavy circulation across the South. Drugs can make the illness shorter and milder.
Even if you're ok with getting sick, you could spread the flu to more vulnerable people who could have a harder time fighting the infection.
Health experts in the US and Canada say flu shots are now considered safe for patients with severe egg allergies, even though the vaccines are grown in eggs.
This year’s flu shot is not as effective against one of the nastiest strains — but you should still get it
The flu vaccine will still protect against H1N1, but it could be a tough season for people who catch the rampant H3N2.