Five Common Flu Shot Myths That Are Not True

By Brandon Webb, MD

The flu is one of the most common infections in the United State and contributes to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 17 million workdays lost each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu — but many people still have lingering doubts about the effectiveness and importance of getting an annual flu shot. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most important things we can do to help prevent the spread of this potentially life-threatening disease.

Here are five common myths about the flu vaccine: