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The majority of Americans do not get a flu shot.
There are only 10 states in which have 50-55 percent immunization, according to CDC figures.
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In most states - 38 of them - about a third of the population gets the shot.
Some cite the pain or a fear of needles. Others remember the disastrous winter of 2014, when CDC officials misjudged which strain would take hold that year, meaning the vaccine did not provide adequate protection. Others are simply not fussed - 'it's just the flu'.
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But one of the most often-voiced fears is of catching the flu from the flu shot.
While it is understandable that people make that erroneous connection, Dr Pritish Tosh, MD, of the Mayo Clinic explains why the fear is unfounded.
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'There isn't any live virus in the influenza vaccine so it's impossible to get the flu from the vaccine,' says Dr Tosh, who specializes in emerging infections and pandemics.
'There was a live vaccine that's not available any more, but it was impossible to get the flu from that too.
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'Those who get the vaccine compared to those who get a placebo are more likely to get a soar arm but that's about it. And in fact, that's what we want to see, it shows the vaccine is working.
'There shouldn't be a debilitating reaction, and the arm should go away within a couple of days.'
So why do so many seem to fall...
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