Flu season is amongst us, and it’s so, so important to protect yourself from the virus. Nothing is worst than being in a crowd of people and someone sneezes and doesn’t cover their mouth. You can see all the germs landing everywhere, and even if you don’t inhale any of the yuckiness, the thought of it makes you a little queasy, and for good reason. A practical solution to avoiding the flu is getting a flu shot. There are some myths about the flu shot out there, but there are so many reasons you should get a flu shot, no matter what false things you may have heard. There are, of course, reasons why you may not be able to get a flu shot, such as if your immune system is compromised, but if you are able to do so, there's no reason not to.
A major reason you should get your flu shot this year? It's actually good for all humankind. Seriously. Herd immunity happens when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infectious disease — aka, when most people who are able to get their flu shot, do. This provides indirect protection for folks who aren’t immune (and who weren't able to get a flu shot) because there are fewer people who are able to carry the virus. Herd immunity is one of the main reasons to get a flu shot this year and every year, but there are a ton of others out there.
So don’t believe the myths, folks. Getting the flu vaccine can protect yourself and others. If you’re not sure what is and isn’t true, check out the list below. You might be surprised what long-health myths are debunked.