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Facts About the Flu Shot
The massive flu epidemic occurring with most of the nation have many people complaining about the flu shot.
The flu shot is a dead virus and is only 60% effective. The person injected will not be protected for two weeks as their body acclimates to the virus in their body. The whole purpose of the shot is so your immune system recognizes the strain of flu. The injection is but a pinprick and is barely felt. People allergic to eggs should not get it.
The flu shot does NOT give a person the flu virus but some may have mild symptoms as their body fights it. People who blame the flu shot for being sick are ignorant. As said, there is a two week period of time after the shot is given that they may get the flu, the shot is only effective against the strain of flu it is for, other viruses may have already weakened a person's defenses and mimic flu-like conditions. If you do have the flu and recover, yet days later, are sick again with the symptoms, you may have a bacterial infection stemming from the original sickness, you should see a doctor for antibiotics because death can occur if unchecked.
The flu shot is only 60% effective, so you still can get the strain of flu the shot is for OR from another strain that the shot is not for.
Everyone should get a flu shot.