Flu season is officially upon us and if last year was any indication we are could be in for a devastating year. The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst seasons on record. It was even designated “high severity” amongst all age groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza-like-illness, referred to as ILI, began a steady rise in November of 2017 that continued until March of 2018. The season stretched out for nineteen weeks affecting so many us, especially vulnerable populations like children and the elderly. Were you one of the ones to catch the flu last year? Did a senior in your life experience complications from a flu diagnosis? Champion Home Health Care in Melbourne, FL has the honor of serving seniors in Brevard County with competent, capable, and professional home health care. We know just how susceptible this population can be to the flu and this is why we urge all seniors and any of their familial caregivers to take the plunge and get a flu shot as soon as possible. This one simple step can mean the difference between life and death so arm yourself with protection now.

When it comes to the flu shot, there are many myths out there. Today we would like to take some time to debunk these myths. Knowledge is power and when you know the truth, you can make clear and decisive decisions about your health.

The Flu Shot Causes the Flu

You probably know at least one person who claims to have gotten the flu directly following their vaccination. However, this simply is not true. Yes, some people may experience a mild fever post-vaccination, but this is not the flu itself. According to the CDC, it is not uncommon to experience side effects after receiving the flu shot. These can include mild soreness at the injection site, redness and tenderness, muscle aches, and headaches. These symptoms may last from 1 to 2 days.

I Don’t Need a Shot Every Year

The flu vaccine changes yearly and for this reason, you should get vaccinated at the beginning of each fly cycle.

I’m Immediately Protected

The flu vaccine takes up to 2 weeks for antibodies to take full effect.

It’s Too Late

The flu season can last well into the next year as evidenced by last year’s season. It’s never too late to protect yourself.

It Doesn’t Work

This myth in particular needs to be addressed. Yes, you can still get the flu even though you got a vaccine. There are a few reasons how this can happen. First off, you may have been exposed to the flu virus before your vaccination has taken full effect. Another reason you might develop the flu even though you are vaccinated is that you are exposed to a strand of flu not covered by the vaccine. There are multiple strands of the flu each season and the vaccine cannot cover every single one. It is, however, your best shot at prevention.

The flu vaccine is a powerful deterrent against the flu and for those who become ill post vaccination, it has been shown that the vaccine can limit the severity of your illness. Do yourself and those you love a huge favor by getting your flu shot today.