- Myth 1: “Healthy people don’t get seasonal flu.” Anyone can contract the virus whether they are generally healthy or not. Around 15-20% of the population gets flu each year and could pass it onto others, including those who are at risk of serious illness.
- Myth 2: “Flu is a mild illness so I don’t need to be vaccinated.” For most people, flu is simply unpleasant. However, it can be much more serious, and globally accounts for 3-5 million cases of severe illness and between 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.
- Myth 3: “The side effects of the vaccination are really bad – it gives you flu.” The flu jab contains no live viruses so cannot give you the flu. For most people the side effects are very mild soreness around the site of the injection and occasionally some aching muscles or slightly raised temperature.
- Myth 4: “I’ve had the flu jab before so I don’t need it again.” People need to be vaccinated each year.
- Myth 5: “I’ve heard the vaccine doesn’t work.” The virus mutates so the vaccine cannot provide total protection, but it can give 60-70% protection for healthy adults.
- Myth 6: “I can’t have the jab because I’m pregnant.” Pregnant women should have the flu vaccination at any stage of their pregnancy. Having the vaccine protects their baby from flu over the first few months of life.
- Myth 7: “The flu jab contains pork products.” There are no pork-based products or processes used in the manufacture of the seasonal flu jab.
- Myth 8: “You’re infectious after having the jab, so you shouldn’t have close contact with anyone for a period of time after you’re immunised.” The vaccine won’t make you infectious to anyone so it’s safe to carry on as normal.