Advertisement
Blogs

BLOG: The flu is coming, are you ready?

flu shot
. Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press / File

The flu is coming! Ok chime in the dramatic stabbing sound effect here. Da daaaaaa daaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

It’s flu season once again and the question is: Are you ready for it?

You’ve been eating all your fruits and veggies? Check.

You’ve been washing your hands, well, regularly? Check

You’ve been living in a sterile plastic tent and plan to continue living there, without leaving, until the bug has passed? Che…wait what?

Right. Chances are no matter what you do to try and avoid the flu this year you will come into contact with it.

READ MORE: Here’s why Canada may be in for a miserable 2017-18 flu season

Touching a doorknob, driving your car, working on a community computer. Maybe you were right next to a coughing guy in the lineup at the bank? Maybe your daughter who just came home from daycare with 30 others kids, gave you a big ole kiss right on the lips?

Story continues below advertisement

So know the virus ins out there and your chances of coming into contact with it are pretty high, what are your plans to avoid it?

You’re going to take your chances? I admire that you’re a brave soul.

I’ll admit I get the flu shot every year. Well there was one year I forgot and got a wicked case. That was back in 2010 and I was down for a week. It was a pretty bad one as I recall. Every single symptom you can think of all came to pass. Good thing was I lost a few pounds after it was over.

RELATED: Flu season is coming — here’s how Canadians can protect themselves

Remembering how miserable that experience was I always get a flu shot. Every single year.

The big myth that flies around that seems to have gotten much larger with the mass appeal of social media is: If you get the flu shot, you’ll get the flu.

I’ve even heard some medical professionals say that which I find incredibly disappointing.

Bottom line, you can’t get the flu from getting the flu shot. You can’t. It won’t happen.

This morning on the show I quoted Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo clinic’s department of infectious diseases. The quote?

Story continues below advertisement

“Injectable flu vaccines are composed of pieces of inactivated flu proteins — and it’s impossible for them to “cause” flu. The nasal spray vaccine has live flu organisms weakened so they cannot multiply or cause disease.”

Perhaps some folks are mistakenly thinking they got the flu from the flu shot because of some possible side effects.

READ MORE: Flu season: Signs you’re too sick and should stay home

They include:

  • Soreness, redness, and/or swelling from the shot
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches

(provided by cdc.gov)

Don’t mistake these side effects for the real thing though. Medical experts will tell you the real thing is many times worse.

Here’s to another flu free year!