KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Center for Disease Control is warning Americans to get ready for what may be the worst flu season in the past ten years. More than half of U.S. states, including Tennessee, are already reporting widespread flu cases.
To help stop the spread of the flu, the CDC is encouraging people to get a flu shot. The federal agency said it recognizes there are many reasons Americans don't get a flu shot, but it contends many of the reasons people give simply aren't true
So, to stop the spread of false information, the agency released its list of the top five myths surrounding the flu vaccine and how those reasons prevent prevent adults and families from getting the shots necessary for a healthy and safe winter.
Top 5 Myths Surrounding Flu Vaccine
1. It’s too late to get a seasonal flu shot.
2. The seasonal flu shot can “give” you the flu.
3. If you got the vaccine last year, it is still effective this year.
4. The flu vaccine may cause harmful side effects.
5. Natural immunity and a healthy lifestyle is better than immunity from vaccines.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.