Myth: I don’t need to get vaccinated against diseases that have been wiped out in the U.S.
You should get vaccinated to help keep those contagious illnesses out of circulation. Some diseases are still around in other parts of the world, and even some that had been wiped out in the U.S. (like measles) have had outbreaks here. When you stay up to date with your vaccinations, you protect yourself and help keep your community safer.
Myth: The flu shot has a live flu virus, so it can give you the flu.
Most types of flu shots are made with a killed version of the virus. They cannot give you the flu. There is also one type of flu vaccine that is not made using the flu virus.
The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine has live but weakened viruses in it. They aren’t strong enough to give you the flu. Any flu-like symptoms you might get (like a runny nose, headache, sore throat, or cough) will be milder than the flu and won't last as long.
Myth: I never had chickenpox as a child, so I don’t need the shingles vaccine.
The CDC recommends this vaccine for all people 60 and older, whether or not they remember having had chickenpox. More than 99% of all adults over 40 have had the disease. If you had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your body for decades without causing problems. Because that virus can “wake up” and cause shingles, you should get vaccinated.