Four big flu shot myths

Immunologist with Aurora Health Care explains
Posted at 8:19 AM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 09:19:35-05

MILWAUKEE -- Flu season is upon us. It is an extremely contagious virus that could lead to severe illness and even death.


Dr. Mark Hermanoff Aurora Health Care joined us live on Daybreak to dispel with Julia Fello the four big myths. 


Myth #1 is that the flu shots can actually cause people to get the flu and get sick. This is not true. Flu shots are made from inactivated vaccine, or a dead virus. 
Myth #2 is that flu shots don’t work. Again, not true. Though we can’t say flu shots work 100 percent of the time, yet history and lots of data shows flu shots are your best defense against getting the flu and saving others from catching it.
Myth #3 is one the doctor hears often: 'I got a flu shot last year and therefore don’t need one this year.' Again, not true. Each year the flu vaccine might be focused toward a slightly different strain, and each year vaccines are developed based on what strains of the flu are anticipated. Secondly, your body’s immune system declines over time, so getting a fresh shot of protection is key to staying healthy.
Finally, myth #4 is something doctors hear later into the flu season: 'I didn’t get my shot early and now that the season is almost over, I don’t need it.' Flu season can run from October to May, with peak season in the late fall and early winter months. But regardless of the time of year, get your shot.



What can be done to prevent the flu?

  • The best protection against the flu is remembering to wash your hands regularly and get an annual flu shot.

  • Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

  • Flu shots are available at all Aurora Health Care facilities. You can find a location near you by visiting

  • Scheduling a time to come in and get a flu shot is an easy process for everyone.

  • If however you do get the flu, its best to stay home from work or school to avoid passing it on to others.

Key Tips to Avoid the Flu:

  • Wash Your Hands. This is by far the most important step children and adults can take to avoid getting germs and spreading them to others. Wash your hands before and after eating, after using the restroom, and after touching your face.

  • Cover Your Coughs. Remember to teach your kids to cover their coughs and sneezes using their elbows.

  • Eat smart. Make sure your kids get a good mix of fruits, vegetables and lots of water. Keep sugary drinks to a minimum, and try to avoid processed foods when possible.

  • Sleep well. Healthy kids need a good night sleep. Make sure you set a routine with your kids to keep them on track.

  • Get your shots. Flu shots should be a must for all families. They are available at many schools, our Aurora Health Care clinics, and other stores. Flu shots and other immunizations are very important and should be a priority for moms and dads.

  • Be active. Make sure your kids get out and can be active, either at school or home.

  • Know Your Doctor. Having a relationship with a trusted doctor is very important. Make sure your kids come in for their regular check-ups.