No, Getting The Flu Jab Won’t Actually Give You Flu
Results from a recent survey have found that an astonishing 1 in 5 adults believe that getting the flu jab will actually give you the flu. Due to hearsay or rumours, some members of the general public are under the impression that because a dormant version of the virus is included in the jab, they will subsequently fall ill.
This is a myth, and we’re here to explain why.
When a person has the flu vaccination, the viruses injected into the body are not active. ELAS Occupational Health Manager, John Caffrey, explains why people are not able to contract the flu virus from the flu vaccination jab and why it’s important to get it on a yearly basis:
“Having the flu vaccine every year is an important part of a health prevention program. The flu vaccine is not live and it is physically impossible to catch the flu from the vaccine. It can make some people feel a little under the weather for a couple of days, which may be incorrectly recognised as having the flu. It does take a few days for the body to build up it’s immunity to the flu virus and so it is still possible to catch the flu for a few days after getting the vaccine. It should be noted that the flu virus mutates every year and so previous flu vaccinations will not give any protection to the flu strains this year. This is way it is important to have a vaccination every year.”
But it’s not just the general public that believe this myth. The survey comes almost a month after England’s chief nurse Professor Jane Cummings revealed that some NHS staff are choosing not to have the flu vaccine because they incorrectly believe it will give them flu, which she confirmed is a myth.
It’s not just hospitals and doctor’s waiting rooms where you could contract the flu virus. In office environments, it can be very easy to pick up the flu virus from colleagues and equipment. You might share a desk with a colleague, both use the same phone, borrow a pencil here, open a door for someone there. It’s almost impossible to avoid contact with everyone in the office, so how can you combat contracting illnesses?
HR Advisor at ELAS, Ann Wiggins, details what you should do to stop the spread of germs around the office.
“It’s that time of year when the inevitable cold or flu makes it’s appearance, however there are considerations to be made to keep the effects of this to a minimum. When working in an open plan office, with air conditioning, and hot desks it makes it very challenging to stop the spread of these contagious illnesses, however if you are conscientious of this and follow some simple steps you can reduce the risk: Sneezing into a tissue and putting it into the bin Using hand sanitizer regularly Using anti-bacterial wipes on keyboards / mice / phones at the end of the day so the next person has a clean desk to work from
For more information on how to stop the spread of flu around the office and how to protect your workplace from illness, contact our team.