Are You Getting the Flu Vaccine?
51% of customers who responded to a CVS pharmacy survey say they will not get the vaccine this year. The top two reasons cited by those who will not get vaccinated are:
(1) Concern about potential side effects
(2) Not being sure that the vaccine really works
The CDC maintains that getting a flu shot is the single most effective way to protect you from the yearly virus, and its possible associated complications. The flu vaccine cannot sicken you with the virus, because the viruses used are attenuated, meaning inactivated. You can get local side effects at the injection site – redness, soreness, and swelling – which typically disappear in a day or two. A mild, low grade fever can also occur, that usually subsides in a day or two. Few people who receive the shot develop any serious complications, and many lives can be saved with good vaccine rates.