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Doesn’t the flu shot make the flu more prevalent? Every kid in our church that has got the shot has got sick and then infected others. How is this helping?

The flu vaccine is used to prevent many different strains of the flu virus. Each year new forms of the flu develop. Therefore, the flu vaccine does not protect against all of the flu strains. It just protects you from the strains that are thought to be most common for that particular year. The flu vaccine is not a live virus and does not aide in the spread of the virus. The strain of the flu that the children in your church were infected with may not have been prevented by receiving the flu vaccine. Also, the vaccine does not guarantee that you will not get the flu; it is just a preventative measure. During these winter months it is important to protect you and those around you from spreading germs. Remember to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when coughing, and eat your fruits and veggies! Fruits and veggies are full of nutrients that help to boost your immune system and ward off illness! Vitamin C is especially important during these months. See our Best of: Vitamin C page for a list of fruits and vegetables that are good sources of vitamin C. Bring these fruits and veggies to your next church visit to help boost everyone’s immune system and keep them happy and healthy during this cold reason!  

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