Flu vaccination, sometimes known as the flu jab, is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and the complications it brings.
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Flu Jab Mythbusters
Mythbuster #1: The NHS has taken every precaution to protect you and put robust plans in place to provide flu jabs in a COVID-19-safe way. If you are invited for a flu jab appointment, it's important you attend. It's much safer to get the jab than not.
Mythbuster #2: Only 1 in a million people get serious side effects from the flu jab. Mild side effects are more common but far less serious than the possible effects of flu which can cause serious illness or death. The flu jab is the best protection for you and those around you.
Mythbuster #3: An edited video has been shared on social media showing people being implanted with a microchip. This video was about an American company which offered its staff a microchip implant in their finger to buy snacks or use computers and photocopiers. This was not a video of a flu jab and the flu jab does not contain microchips.
Mythbuster #4: You cannot catch the flu from the flu vaccine. The vaccine contains an inactivated virus which cannot give you flu. It may cause mild side effects such as soreness or aching muscles, a mild fever or feeling unwell, shivery, achy and tired. These are far less serious than the risks of catching the flu.
Mythbuster #5: The flu jab will not make you test positive for coronavirus. The COVID-19 test looks for a specific genetic sequence which is different to the flu virus.. Flu viruses have a very different genetic sequence. The flu vaccine can definitely not affect the result of the COVID-19 test.
Mythbuster #6: The flu vaccination is safe and effective and must be given annually. It cannot give you the flu. It does not protect you from COVID-19, but it does protect against the strains of flu that will circulate this year.
Mythbuster #7: Recent posts on social media claiming that the flu vaccine contains COVID-19 are false. The flu vaccine has been used for many years and does not contain COVID-19.
Mythbuster #8: The children's nasal spray may cause a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite. But these symptoms usually end within 2 days and are far less serious than the effects of contracting flu.
Mythbuster #9: Flu in children can be serious - it can lead to high fever, painful ear infections, acute bronchitis, pneumonia and even hospitalisation. Give your child the free flu vaccine to help protect them and vulnerable family and friends.
Mythbuster #10: The nasal flu spray will definitely not give your child autism. The claims that the MMR vaccine causes autism have been discredited many times and there is absolutely no link between the nasal flu spray and autism.
Mythbuster #11: The nasal flu spray has been used for many years and does not contain COVID-19. The nasal flu spray will definitely not give your child COVID-19.
Mythbuster #12: Recent posts on social media claiming that the flu vaccine can give your child Strep A are false. There is no scientific evidence to support that there is a link between the flu vaccine and Strep A. The NHS says getting flu can actually increase your susceptibility to other illnesses, such as Strep A. And the best way to protect yourself against flu is getting the vaccine.