Lisa Surratt talks about the myths associated with Flu vaccines.
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Influenza Vaccine: What to except Lisa Surratt: People who have given a whole lot of shots can do it really quickly. It's basically we try to have everything prepared so they come in, sit down, and we clean off the area with an alcohol prep pad and it's very small needle and it's just a quick prep to the arm and it's pretty much over. A little bit of sting, and you will have some discomfort in that deltoid muscle just from the cold shot. But other than that, it takes about two minutes and it's over. Influenza Vaccine: Side Effects Lisa Surratt: Most of them are very mild, you can have a low grade fever, kind of feel achy and tired, and at the very most, you may have a little bit of sore throat. Most of the time, that is all the people will have and actually in more recent years, the way that they have formulated the flu virus vaccine to have less and less side effects. So most people, the vast majority don't have any problems at all with it. Influenza Vaccine: Will it make me sick? Lisa Surratt: No it's not true. The shot is actually in-activated influenza vaccine. And it is actually a strain of the influenza virus that has been killed so it is not alive at all in anyway. However, the formulation of the flu vaccine represents the flu and so that body learns how to make anti-bodies against that. So therefore, if you are exposed to and actual live influenza virus, the body already has anti-bodies built-up against it. Influenza Vaccine: 2007-2008 supply Lisa Surratt: It has bee an issue in the past but in the recent years, it has not been as much of an issue because they have had adequate supply of the vaccine. So really it's a good idea no matter what age you are to get the vaccine. Basically just to prevent some ache, even if you are 25 and healthy no medical problems, certainly you would rather get the flu shot than be sick in bed with the flu for three or four days anyway.