Separating flu facts from fiction
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 3:28
- Date Dec 11, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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There -- the flu season is already shaping up to -- one of the worst on record.
And so far dozens and dozens of -- have been blamed on the flew in fact thousands deaths secure each year as a as a result.
But a lot of people are still concerned about getting a flu shot the author of Swine Flu doctor Marc Siegel from our medically team is here to separate -- back ambition.
When it comes to the flu and the flu shot hi there some other -- say you catch the flu from getting the flu shot what do you say about.
False you cannot get the flu from the pollution that is so important that people know that because everybody has a story -- after they got the flu shot -- got a little -- fully.
-- -- little feverish that's actually from the flu shot -- being a little bit allergic to it is not.
From the flu because it's a dead virus you cannot get the flu from -- -- show.
How good is a flu shot this year you know they're different strains of the flu every year and sometimes a flu shot doesn't match the strain that's actually going around is a flu shot pretty accurate this here.
Heather this is really important because it looks like we're having an early flu season and that could be a severe flu season maybe the worst since 2003.
When it was really pretty bad there but the better of -- better this year than 2003 we -- like we have a very good match on the flu shot.
The prevailing strain of flu that's out there is covered under this -- shot.
Get your shot and get it now still plenty of time to get it it works in about three weeks you'll be covered for the peak of flu season.
-- -- to -- here's how many here from a lot of moms and drives my son's pediatrician.
Absolutely crazy the notion that you can get autism from the flu shot what about that.
Well -- -- everyone out there is very sensitive about this issue but this has been studied over and over and there's no association whatsoever been shown between the flu shot and autism and the editor of that they've been looking at the -- assault has been taken out of most flu shots.
But even the ones that have -- there's been no association found.
And autism and vaccines have -- you say not not not again -- you -- figure out what it is in the environment that's provoking autism I think there is something.
Vaccines have been studied and studied and have not shown the views are important to get your children immunized OK so what about this idea that you have to be healthy and not have a cold and hard to get a flu shot if that's true well I'd sing along that too because again it's -- -- buyers it's not gonna give -- the flow sometimes.
The my best opportunity to get the flu shot is when somebody comes with a called -- not quite well.
Well you're here get your flu shot it's not gonna bother you and you'll have -- taken care and speaking of which you actually do want to see patients when they are -- Absolutely they -- -- opposite they have that right take care of the flu themselves -- the flow as a lot of associated problems I need to know about.
Sinusitis bronchitis pneumonia ear infections.
All associated with the flu -- -- to see you figure out of you need Tamiflu.
But to help you with the flu figure out if you have other problems.
Go to your doctor and get your doctor in the loop if you're feeling fluids and you have to TV have Bieber gives sore throat -- headache.
Muscle aches fatigue fifteen fatigue that is what comes with a.
-- no kidding and Tamiflu you can given that a capsule what about pregnant women it is actually a good idea to get a flu shot you're pregnant why is that.
It's another myth that -- pregnant women can't take flu shots they.
Have to take flu shots because the flu really can be very bad for the fetus it could be bad for pregnant woman there's a lot more complications.
And as you pointed out before we came on another.
You get a two for here because you're protecting the unborn baby -- giving them a passive immunity in the first six months after they're born.
They can't get a flu -- -- give them some protection while they're still in the -- Right good advice doctor -- doctor Siegel thanks mark I was just there were eighteen thank you.