Can I get the flu from the flu shot? A flu vaccine myth busted

Flu season has arrived. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 60 million people in the United States will develop influenza this year, leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations from related complications.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated.

“Vaccines to prevent seasonal influenza have a long and successful track record of safety and effectiveness in the United States,” Karen Midthun, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. “It is important to get vaccinated every year, even if the strains in the vaccine do not change, because the protection received the previous year will diminish over time and may be too low to provide protection into the next year.”

Watch Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health System’s chief medical officer, bust a common flu vaccine myth below.

The flu vaccine is available for all patients of Memorial Physician Services. Go to to make an appointment.

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