TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Flu season is here, and so are the common phrases that come along with it.
"I've had lots of parents tell me, 'Oh, every time I get the flu shot, I get the flu,'" said Pediatrician Dr. Jared Cates.
Cates said that statement, among others, is simply not true.
"The injected flu vaccine you cannot catch the flu from," said Cates. "It is a dead virus. There is no way to catch the flu."
So you can't get sick from the flu shot, but if you've already had the flu, it's pointless to get the shot, right?
"No," said Cates. "There are many different strains. Even if you've had a case of the flu with a positive test, there is still the possibility we're going to see other types circulating, and the flu shot can still benefit you."
So we're two for two, but at least if you get the shot, you won't be vomiting, right?
"Some people think nausea, vomiting and diarrhea is influenza, but it's a different virus altogether," said Infectious Disease Dr. Thomas Meyer. "So, if you get the flu shot and you get diarrhea, that's not related to influenza whatsoever."
Shot down, once again.
If you have an egg allergy and think you're unable to get the flu shot, Dr. Thomas Meyer said you're wrong, again.
"People that would have hives or severe reactions to eggs weren't supposed to get the flu shot," said Meyer. "But that's really over exaggerated."
While doctors said there are many myths about the flu, there is one truth behind them all, the earlier you get the flu shot, the better.
"Usually, you should get the influenza shot before the season and not wait until it's already affecting hundreds of people in your area," said Meyer.
"It's still not too late," said Cates. "Even though this was an early start to the flu season, we don't know that that means it will be an early end. There still could be three months or so of the flu season left, so there's still time for a flu shot to be beneficial."
To get a flu shot, contact your primary care physician. Most shots cost about $23, and patients can bill their insurance.
IU Health Arnett also offers flu shots on a walk-in basis. Those wishing to get the shot can visit the clinic at 2600 Greenbush St. during normal pharmacy hours.
Those hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. Insurance may not be billed for these shots.
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