Worried about the flu shot? Here are myths, debunked

Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM ET

Rogelio V. Solis / AP /
Do you know what's truth and fiction, when it comes to flu shots?

By Prevention editors


One in five Americans will get the flu this winter, with more than 200,000 sick enough to be hospitalized. Yet most of us still don't get vaccinated, often because of misconceptions about the shot. Here are four of the most common, along with the facts you need to know.


Only the elderly and those at high risk need to be immunized.


Influenza can make anyone, including the healthiest among us, seriously ill, and even if you don't develop symptoms yourself, you can pass the virus on to others.

9 Power Foods That Boost Immunity


The flu shot itself can give you a case of the flu.


The virus used in the vaccine is grown in chicken eggs and killed off before it reaches your bloodstream. There's absolutely nothing in it capable of causing the flu.

10 Ways You're Wrecking Your Immune System


You need a doctor's appointment for a shot. Who has time?


Drugstores and health clinics across the country provide walk-in vaccinations, and more and more local health organizations are setting up drive-through flu shot clinics.

Prevent colds and flu with this easy 20-minute workout.


If I have a cold, I should postpone getting a flu shot.


As long as you're not suffering from a major illness or running a temperature higher than 101°F, the flu shot doesn't present a health risk for you, according to experts.

Bounce Back from a Cold or Flu Fast

More Links from Prevention:

Best and Worst Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Boost Your Immune System with Yoga

Visit the Prevention's Cold & Flu center for tips on how-to germ-proof your life

Sign up for the FREE Prevention Newsletters

More from NBCNews.com health:

Daily multivitamins won't protect your heart, study says

Think your heart is healthy? You might be wrong

Crude campaign tells men when they're too fat