Flu shot myths: Busted

By: Sarah Katz and John Dillard

“I’m healthy, I don’t need the flu shot.”

“The flu shot gives you the flu.”

“It’s better to get the flu than to get the vaccine.”


Think again. In the 2017-2018 flu season, 48.8 million people got sick with the influenza virus, 959,000 were hospitalized and 79,400 died.


Graham Snyder, MD, medical director, UPMC Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, busts common flu shot myths. Now is the time to get immunized. For more information, search “Flu” on UPMC.com.