Local Health Experts Bust Flu Shot Myths

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Flu season is almost here, and after last year's H1N1 pandemic, local health experts want the community to know how to fight the flu.

Sedgwick County Commissioners received their shots Thursday in order to set an example for others, because the Sedgwick County Health Department says the vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the virus.

"It's really quite painless. We had a lot of fun joking about it, but it's painless and an important thing to do," said Commissioner Dave Unruh.

The commissioners are teaming up with the Sedgwick County Health Department to try and convince the estimated one out of three people who don't plan on getting a flu shot this year, to change their minds.

"People don't have the correct information. They have beliefs about the vaccine that just are simply not correct," said Sedgwick County Health Director Claudia Blackburn.

Some of the most popular beliefs include getting the vaccine will make you sick. But experts say that's impossible. Others believe the shot only protects against one strain of the virus, but it actually protects against three. This year, H1N1 is among them.

"If it does surface again and you've been vaccinated you'll be protected," said Blackburn.

You can learn more about how to get the flu shot by clicking here.

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