Debunking flu shot myths: When should you get your vaccine?

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — To get the flu shot or not, that’s the debate amongst many Americans.

If you ask the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, nearly half, 48 percent are skipping out and pharmacists are warning, you should get one.

Wegmans pharmacist Bill Wojnowicz told NewsChannel 9 the peak of flu season is December/January but we’ve already had a case this year, so the time to get vaccinated is now.

Most of our NewsChannel 9 team listened to that advice and got their vaccines on Wednesday with the help of Wegmans pharmacists at the station.

Wojnowicz debunked some myths about the shot. For starters, everyone is at risk so everyone six months or older should be vaccinated.

Another myth: early October is too early. Pharmacists say that’s not true because it takes two weeks to gain immunity. So if you’re going to get the vaccine, you want to have it before the flu hits.

Another myth: it might make you tired or achy, but the shot cannot give you the flu.

As for concerns over whether or not it works, pharmacists say no matter its effectiveness, it’s better than not getting it.

“Any flu shot is effective, the percentages may not be great some years it’s down towards 30 percent effective, but it still can reduce the severity of the flu,” said Wojnowicz.

Wojnowicz said the flu shot is your best protection but by getting the shot, you’re also helping to protect those around you who have autoimmune issues or weakened immune systems.

The Onondaga County Health Department has an entire page devoted to information on the flu and pneumonia. Click here to access the page.

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