Flu Shot Adjustment?!

It’s Fall season! Cooler days, changing leaves, and any kind of pumpkin flavored food or drink you can imagine. It’s a happy time! It’s also time for your yearly flu shot...  The flu shot and other basic hygiene habits such as washing your hands are the best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu this season. Influenza is a potentially life threatening illness. We are fortunate to have such wonderful resources that make it available! There is a lot of heated debate on vaccines. It’s hard for the typical consumer to know what information is trustworthy. Benefits of vaccines are often overshadowed by people who shout louder than the rest of the world. Having heard so much negativity towards the flu shot, people will often avoid the flu shot out of fear of the unknown. For those of you still on the fence on the flu shot, here are a couple facts to help keep you healthy and enjoying those pumpkin spice lattes.

You CANNOT get the flu from your flu shot!

Here are a few reasons you may still get the flu after getting the shot. 

  1. You may have already been exposed before getting the shot. The vaccine takes about two weeks to take full effect. Exposure may have occurred before or during those two weeks.

  2. You may get a different strain of the flu. There are several strains that affect people each year. The CDC attempts to make the vaccine effective against the most common strains each year to limit exposure.

If I can still get the flu after getting the shot, why get it in the first place?

That is a great question! Studies have shown that people hospitalized with influenza have less severe symptoms if they have received the flu shot. This includes lower fevers, fewer days in the hospital, and less respiratory symptoms associated with the flu. In other words, getting the shot makes dealing with the flu much more manageable if you happen to still get sick! 

When should you get it?

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine once a year by late October. Flu season starts as early as October and goes as late as May. Peak flu season is December through February. The vaccine takes about two weeks to fully take effect so don’t be late! 

Chiropractic care CANNOT help prevent the flu.

I don’t care what you have heard, or what has worked for you in the past. No chiropractic adjustment can help prevent the flu! It’s not unheard of to see a chiropractor encouraging patients to get their “flu shot adjustment”. Seriously?! No amount of adjusting your back or neck (or oil of any type) will prevent you from getting a potentially life threatening illness. There is absolutely no evidence to support such an idea.

Information on the flu shot is everywhere. If you’re looking for a good source, the CDC offers a ton of great information that is easy to read. If you need any more convincing, just think of all the apple cider drinks you could buy instead of paying a hefty hospital bill.