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Debunking Flu Shot Myths

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Forty-five percent of Americans got a flu vaccine last year and more than $80 billion was lost, due to the flu.

We're talking about missed work days, doctors appointments and it all adds up.

There are many myths floating around out there regarding the flu.

I asked Lynn Shore, the Immunization Coordinator with the Washoe County Health District, to address some of those for us.

I asked Shore if health officials can forecast how severe a flu season could be.

"Flu is predictably unpredictably," said Shore. "We have no way of knowing from one season to the next how severe a flu season is going to be. Last year was a moderately to severe season, but nobody has a crystal ball."

So what about after you get a flu shot? Shore said you can have side effects from the vaccine.

You might get some redness and swelling at the sight of the injection. You might have some body aches, fatigue or a headache and those effects can last a day or two.

But here's the question, can a flu shot actually give you the flu?

"It is not giving you the flu, it's impossible. The inactivated is made from killed viruses, the live virus is attenuated and it's impossible for those vaccines to infect you.

To see the entire interview, watch Face the State this weekend. The show airs Saturday at 4:30am and Sunday at 6:30am and 3pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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