Editorial: Getting a flu shot cannot give you the flu

The (Willoughby, Ohio) News-Herald

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications last winter — the most deaths from the disease in 40 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in an Associated Press story.

In recent years, flu-related deaths in the U.S. have ranged from about 12,000 to 50,000 each winter season, the CDC stated.

After seeing the number of flu-related deaths spike during the winter of 2017-18, we’re wondering if some people might feel it’s not worth getting an annual flu shot this year.

However, we hope that people will think and act differently. An annual flu shot is still a good example of preventative medicine, even though it doesn’t come with a 100 percent guarantee.

The flu vaccine can:

• Keep you from getting the flu.

• Make the flu less severe if you do get it.

• Keep you from spreading the flu to your family and other people.

Perhaps now is also a good time to clear up misconception. Getting a flu shot cannot give you the flu. There is no live virus in flu shots, the CDC stated.

The (Willoughby, Ohio) News-Herald

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