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Concern No. 1: Can getting the flu vaccine give you the flu or make you sick?
Fact: The flu shot can't give you the flu

Concern No. 2: Do I really need to get the flu vaccine this year if I got it last year?
Fact: For now, a new flu shot each year is still recommended

Concern No. 3: Could getting the flu vaccine make it easier for me to catch viruses, pneumonia or other infectious diseases?
Fact: Flu vaccines reduce the risk of pneumonia and other illnesses

Concern No. 4: Isn't the flu shot just a "one size fits all" approach that doesn't make sense for everyone?
Fact: You have many flu vaccine options, including egg-free, virus-free, preservative-free, low-dose, high-dose and no-needle choices

Concern No. 5: Can the flu shot cause death?
Fact: There have been no confirmed deaths from the flu shot

Concern No. 6: Aren't deaths from the flu exaggerated?
Fact: Deaths from influenza range from the lower thousands to tens of thousands each U.S. flu season

Concern No. 7: Aren't the side effects of the flu shot worse than the flu?
Fact: Influenza is nearly always far worse than flu vaccine side effects

Concern No. 8: Don't flu vaccines contain dangerous ingredients such as mercury, formaldehyde and antifreeze?
Fact: Flu shot ingredients do not pose a risk to most people

Concern No. 9: Shouldn't pregnant women avoid the flu shot or only get the preservative-free shot? Could the flu vaccine cause miscarriages?
Fact: Pregnant women are a high-risk group particularly recommended to get the flu shot.
Fact: The flu shot reduces miscarriage risk.
Fact: Pregnant women can get any inactivated flu vaccine

Concern No. 10: Can flu vaccines cause Alzheimer's disease?
Fact: There is no link between Alzheimer's disease and the flu vaccine; flu vaccines protect older adults

Concern No. 11: Don't pharmaceutical companies make a massive profit on flu vaccines?
Fact: Vaccines make up a tiny proportion of pharma profits. That makes it possible for them to continue making them in the event of a pandemic

Concern No. 12: Flu vaccines don't really work, do they?
Fact: Flu vaccines reduce the risk of flu

Concern No. 13: But flu shots don't work in children, do they?
Fact: Flu vaccines reduce children's risk of flu

Concern No. 14: Can flu vaccines cause vascular or cardiovascular disorders?
Fact: Flu shots reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke

Concern No. 15: Can vaccines can break through the blood-brain barrier of young children and hinder their development?
Fact: Flu vaccines have been found safe for children 6 months and older

Concern No. 16: Will the flu vaccine cause narcolepsy?
Fact: The U.S. seasonal flu vaccine does not cause narcolepsy.

Concern No. 17: Can the flu vaccine weaken your body's immune response?
Fact: The flu vaccine prepares your immune system to fight influenza.

Concern No. 18: Can't the flu vaccine cause nerve disorders such as Guillain-Barr syndrome?
Fact: Influenza is more likely than the flu shot to cause Guillain-Barr syndrome.

Concern No. 19: Can the flu vaccine make you walk backward or cause other neurological disorders like Bell's palsy?
Fact: Neurological side effects linked to flu vaccination are extremely rare (see Concern No. 18), but influenza can cause neurological complications.
Fact: The flu shot has not been shown to cause Bell's palsy.

Concern No. 20: Don't people recover quickly from flu since it's not really that bad?
Fact: Influenza knocks most people down *hard*

Concern No. 21: Can people die from the flu even if they don't have another underlying condition?
Fact: Otherwise healthy people DO die from the flu

Concern No. 22: Can people with egg allergies get the flu shot?
Fact: People with egg allergies can get a flu shot

Concern No. 23: Can't I just take antibiotics if I get the flu?
Fact: Antibiotics can't treat a viral infection

Concern No. 24: Since I got the flu last time I got a flu shot, that means it doesn't really work for me personally, right?
Fact: The flu shot cannot guarantee you won't get the flu, but it reduces the risk of catching it

Concern No. 25: But I don't need the shot since I never get the flu, right?
Fact: You can't predict whether you'll get the flu

Concern No. 26: Can't I protect myself from the flu by simply eating right and washing my hands regularly?
Fact: A good diet and good hygiene alone cannot prevent the flu

Concern No. 27: Won't getting the flu simply make my immune system stronger?
Fact: The flu weakens your immune system while your body is fighting it and puts others at risk

Concern No. 28: If I get the flu, why won't just staying home prevent me from infecting others?
Fact: You can transmit the flu without showing symptoms

Concern No. 29: Can having a new vaccine each year make influenza strains stronger?
Fact: There's no evidence flu vaccines have a major effect on virus mutations

Concern No. 30: Isn't the "stomach flu" the same thing as the flu?
Fact: The "stomach flu" is a generic term for gastrointestinal illnesses unrelated to influenza

Concern No. 31: Is there any point in getting a flu shot if I haven't gotten one by now?
Fact: Getting the flu shot at any time during flu season will reduce your risk of getting the flu