Lots of parents think the flu shot causes flu, but that's actually false according to experts

Manuela Cardiga
Nov 29, 2018
05:52 A.M.

Public health officials recommend flu vaccination for adults and children over six months old.


The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu in 2017 alone, and yet only 50% of American adhere to flu vaccination.

A new study has revealed that Americans have acquired the misconception that the vaccine causes, rather than prevents the illness.

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Source: Freepik

“The parts of the virus that are used in the vaccine are completely dead, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.”

Dr. Jean Moorjani


Half of the 700 parents who participated in a survey at the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital believe the flu vaccine could cause the flu, and a third did not believe the inoculation was effective.


The Centers for Disease Control has been struggling to dispel the misconception and has explained that the flu vaccine does not contain live viruses.

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Source: Freepik

Flu complications in children can include viral or bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and ear infections and sinus infections.

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Source: Freepik



What people often mistake for flu symptoms are side effects of the vaccine, such as headaches, fever, nausea and muscle aches. These symptoms last only a few days and can be accompanied by soreness and redness at the injection site.

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Source: Freepik


The flu vaccine takes two weeks to take effect, so it’s possible that a patient could catch the flu virus just before, or even in the two weeks after vaccination - and mistakenly blame the shot.

A flu virus that’s not included in this season’s flu vaccine will not be prevented by the inoculation, and since the viruses are in constant evolution and mutation, the effectiveness of the vaccines will vary.

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Source: Freepik


Doctors are appealing to parents to adhere to the vaccination and to allow their children to be inoculated. In 2017 thousands of children were hospitalized throughout the country due to complications of the flu.

Some parents fear that vaccinations cause autism, a fear Dr. Moorjani dispells:

“After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe. You cannot get autism from the flu vaccine. It is not a conspiracy for doctors to recommend the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend it because we know — based on science, research, and facts — that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu.”

Flu complications in children can include viral or bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and ear infections and sinus infections. In adults, the flu can worsen long-term medical conditions, like congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

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