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Test your flu iq

IS The FLU VaccINe SaFe?

Over the years, hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. have safely received seasonal flu vaccines.

Over the last 50 years, flu vaccines have been shown to be safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hold vaccines to the highest safety standards.

There are two types of flu vaccine: the flu shot and the nasal spray vaccine. Until recently, the vaccine was only available in a shot. The nasal spray was approved for seasonal influenza viruses in 2003, and tens of millions of doses of the nasal spray have been given in the United States. Nasal spray is recommended for use in healthy people 2 years through 49 years of age who are not pregnant. There are very few medical reasons to not get the flu vaccine. They include life threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis to a previous dose of flu vaccine, serious allergy to eggs, or Guillain-Barré syndrome. People with a non-life threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated but need to see a doctor specializing in allergies.

TRUE

OR

FALSE

You cannot get the flu from the flu shot.

Who Should NOT Receive the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine?

True:

The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. This is an “old wives’ tale” that needs to be put to rest.

Certain people should not get the nasal spray flu vaccine. This includes: •

people younger than 2 years of age;

pregnant women;

people 50 years of age and older;

children or adolescents receiving aspirin therapy;

people with a medical condition that places them at higher risk

people who have had Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare

for complications from influenza, including those with chronic

disorder of the nervous system, within 6 weeks of getting a flu

heart or lung disease, such as asthma or reactive airways disease;

vaccine,

people with medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney

people who have a severe allergy to hens’ eggs. Persons with a

failure; or people with illnesses that weaken the immune system,

non-life threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated but need to

or who take medications that can weaken the immune system;

see a doctor specializing in allergies.

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