Health experts are fighting flu shot myths

Health experts are fighting flu shot myths

. - Health experts say approximately 30,000 people die each year from flu-like complications and many of whom they say could be alive today with the help of a flu shot.

Asia Rice, a mother of two believes that's not the case. She feels the flu shot is more hurtful than helpful.

"It makes you really sick, you feel really down, and so most people don't want to get it because you get sick anyway."

And because of that health experts with the Madison County Health Department want to combat that rumor and tell you the real deal.

"It cannot cause disease. There is nothing that can cause you to become ill," said Dr. Lawrence Robey, Health Officer with the Madison County Health Department.

Dr. Robey says anyone six months or older can get the shot once every year, and for the most part, you'll be fine.

"Virtually everyone can get the flu vaccine. It has no side effects except for the very rare person who has a true allergy to the components that are in the vaccine."

And the ones who are at risk, Dr. Robey says typically have prior medical conditions.

"The very young, those 65 and older and those who have a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or some asthma conditions," said Robey.

And as for Asia Rice she says when it comes to the flu shots, she's not letting her own views affect her kids.

"At the end of the day, I don't want them to catch a disease or virus that they can't get rid of on over the counter medicine," says Rice.

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