Get vaccinated. Don't spread the flu.
Flu - Myths and Facts

Myth: I don’t need to get vaccinated until someone I know is sick.
Getting the vaccine early in the season is actually better. It can take up to two weeks for the protection in the vaccine to be effective. The earlier you get the vaccine, the better protected you are.

Myth: I never get sick, so I don’t need to get vaccinated.
You can be infected with the flu and spread it, even if you're not showing symptoms. Getting the vaccine means you can also help protect others from getting sick.

Myth: I don’t have the time to get vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated takes about 30 minutes. If you get sick, the flu can last for several days. It can even lead to more serious problems like pneumonia and bacterial infections, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. No one has time for that.

Myth: It’s complicated to get the vaccine because there isn’t a flu clinic near my home or work.
Clinics are just one great option where people can get vaccinated. You can also go to your doctor/nurse practitioner or even to the local pharmacy.

Myth: I think flu vaccines have the potential to create vaccine-resistant strains, like what can happen with the overuse of antibiotics.
The influenza virus already mutates frequently. That's why there is a new flu vaccine every year. The formulation changes to match the strains that are expected to be circulating.

Myth: I want to be exposed to the flu to keep my natural defenses strong.
Influenza can spread very quickly and easily. And, some people may have the virus and be contagious, but never show symptoms. So while you are 'building' your own immune system, you could be exposing someone with a weaker immune system to the virus, leading to serious consequences for them. That's why the vaccine protects both you and others.

Myth: Last time I got the flu shot, it made me sick.
Some people may get flu-like symptoms for a few days after the shot, but that's just your body building up the antibodies, not actually the flu. If you did get sick after getting the vaccine, it's most likely you were incubating the illness before the vaccine could take effect. Or, it was a different kind of respiratory illness, and not influenza.

Myth: There isn’t much evidence that pregnant women should be vaccinated.
Data shows that pregnant women are at a higher risk of complications or hospitalization related to influenza. There is also evidence that the vaccination of pregnant women protects their newborns from influenza and influenza-related hospitalization.


If you have any questions about seasonal flu or pneumococcal immunization:

Speak with a health care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at:

204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257