5 flu vaccine myths you shouldn’t believe

Tens of thousands die each year of flu and pneumonia. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
In this video, we debunk five flu vaccine myths:
  • Myth 1: The flu shot can give you the flu.
  • Myth 2: The flu is just a bad version of the cold.
  • Myth 3: I am healthy, I don’t need the vaccine.
  • Myth 4: I already had the flu, so I don’t need the vaccine.
  • Myth 5: The side effects of the flu shot are worse than the flu.
So when it’s time, get your flu shot. Flu shots are available for Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Check with your nearest VA health care facility or call 1-877-222-8387 to confirm supply.


This video was created by Travis Weger of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.


Tim Hudak

  joined the VA in December 2013 and is on the Veterans Experience Office team. Tim, a Chicago-land native enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. As an intelligence analyst he deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in 2006 and 2008. After the Marine Corps, Tim used the GI Bill to earn a degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and co-founded the university’s first student Veteran organization. Tim is active in many Veteran organizations.