” We all know the old English proverb: “It’s better late than never.” But believe it or not, the saying does hold true when it comes to your annual flu shot.
Infectious disease expert Susan Rehm, MD, says it’s wise for people to get the vaccine whenever they can because there’s really no way to know for sure what type of flu season is ahead. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine.
A common myth surrounding flu vaccines is that a flu shot will cause you to get the flu – but Dr. Rehm says this simply is not true.
“You can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine — that’s really the number one myth that’s still out there,” she says. “Sometimes people feel a little achy for a day or two afterwards. Some people may even have a low grade fever, but that’s not influenza. That’s the body making antibodies, getting strong and getting ready to fight off the flu.”
Getting the flu vaccine serves a dual purpose — protecting yourself and others in the community – especially those who are vulnerable from suffering flu complications. ” – Source