Flu Shot Season

As a pharmacist, I am proud to be able to offer vaccines to my customers. Preventing a disease through vaccines is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Flu shots are the most commonly administered vaccines given my pharmacist’s. Every year I prepare for the biggest objection from my customers. “The vaccine causes the flu.” No way! There are two kinds of licensed flu vaccines: an inactivated kind made with dead virus and one prepared with live “attenuated” virus. Neither is capable of reproducing in the human body. Those who say they got sick right after getting the shot most likely were already infected. Or they developed another viral infection unrelated to flu.