Five Common Misconceptions Surrounding Flu Shots

Seniors, adults, and children should get their annual flu shot by Halloween. It’s the best way to get protection from the seasonal flu. Some people fall for misconceptions surrounding flu shots and skip getting vaccinated. Here are some of the more common misconceptions.

Caregiver in Grand Rapids MI: Misconceptions Surrounding Flu Shots

Caregiver in Grand Rapids MI: Misconceptions Surrounding Flu Shots

You Get the Flu From a Flu Shot.

A person can spread the flu before they even show symptoms. After exposure, it can take up to four days for the symptoms to appear. That gives you a five-day window between getting exposed to someone who is sick and getting sick yourself.

On top of this, a flu shot doesn’t automatically protect you. It takes 14 days for your body to develop the antibodies from the virus in the shot. If you’re exposed to the flu before the antibodies develop, you will likely get sick.

Flu Shots Are Full of Mercury.

Vaccines may contain thimerosal. It’s a different form of mercury used to prevent fungal and bacterial growth in a vaccine that is sitting in storage. It’s been used in vaccines for more than 80 years and has never been found to be unsafe. It doesn’t stay in the bloodstream like mercury found in fish does.

If you are worried about it, you can talk to your doctor. There are flu shots that do not contain thimerosal.

Flu Shots Cause Alzheimer’s.

This myth came about after a doctor suggested there is a link between flu vaccinations and Alzheimer’s. There is no evidence. What’s more telling is that his medical license was revoked for illegally obtaining illegal medications for himself and his staff. Medical studies have found that a flu shot reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and other serious illnesses.

Flu Shots Don’t Work.

There is some truth to flu shots not always working. Until a flu season ends, no one can predict exactly what strains of flu will hit during the season. Scientists have to make educated guesses. Even if they get it wrong, you’ll still get some protection and help keep the worst of the symptoms away.

It’s Better to Get the Flu.

If your mom or dad does get the flu, the virus causes inflammation that can lead to heart issues and pneumonia. It is dangerous.

Talk to their doctor. Medications can help ease the symptoms. Monitor them for signs of pneumonia. If you’re not available, hire caregivers to check on them.

Caregivers can help your mom and dad by making sure they’re hydrated, making meals, and keeping the house clean. Caregivers can wash sheets and towels and make beds. Call us to learn more about the ways elder care services can help seniors who do get the flu.

If you or someone you know needs help with caregiver services in Grand Rapids, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.