Flu Myths in the Workplace

Flu Myths in the Workplace

Many people have heard rumors and myths concerning the flu, but what are the facts? Let’s go over some common flu myths and uncover the truth.

Myth #1 – If you haven’t gotten the flu yet you don’t need a shot.

The flu shot is not only meant to protect you from the flu – it is meant to protect friends, family, children, coworkers, pregnant women, elderly individuals, and anyone else susceptible for harmful effects of the flu. Even if you have not gotten the flu yet, you may be exposed to it in the future. Flu shots are a preventative measure, so make sure to protect yourself from the flu virus.

Myth #2 – Getting the shot gives you the flu.

It is best to get flu vaccines before the season starts. This is because the body’s immune system takes about 2 weeks to protect itself from the flu. The season starts around October and peaks around January and can potentially last until May.

Myth #3 – You should wait until flu season starts to get flu vaccines, not before.

The flu vaccine is made of either the inactive flu virus or none at all. You will not get the flu from getting a flu shot, but you may experience some side effects. The injection site may become sore, red, or swollen. You may also get a fever, muscle aches, or headaches that go away quickly.

Myth #4 – If you avoid shared spaces and keep your workplace clean, you will not get sick.

Workplace sanitation can reduce the risk of contracting the flu, but the virus can live for a full 24 hours on objects and surfaces. It’s also most commonly spread through a sneeze or cough, which is the reason covering the mouth while sneezing or coughing is important.

Flu symptoms can be alarming and highly uncomfortable. Visit Altus Emergency Center in Lake Jackson, your local urgent care center, for comprehensive flu prevention that includes tips for the workplace and flu vaccinations for the entire family. Protect yourself, your children, and everyone around you with a flu shot now that you know the myths aren’t true.

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