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Flu Outbreak 2013: Flu Myths vs. Flu Facts

The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist.

Here are 7 common myths about vaccination from The Henry Ford Health System located in Detroit:

Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot.

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