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"U.S. News & World Report" featured Pace University's College of Health Professions clinical associate professor of the physician assistant program Eric Amoh in "14 Myths and Misconceptions About the Flu Vaccine"

10/03/2018

"U.S. News & World Report" featured Pace University's College of Health Professions clinical associate professor of the physician assistant program Eric Amoh in "14 Myths and Misconceptions About the Flu Vaccine"

The flu vaccine is surrounded by myths and misconceptions.

In his more than 20 years working as a certified physician assistant, Eric Amoh has heard many patients recite a multitude of myths about the flu vaccine. Among the misconceptions: The vaccine can give you the flu, you don't need it if you never get sick and pregnant women should avoid getting a flu shot because it could harm them or their unborn baby. False, false and false. "There are multiple myths regarding the flu vaccine that have been repeatedly debunked on a scientific basis. These myths are just that – myths – and should not discourage anyone from getting safely vaccinated against a deadly disease," says Amoh, a clinical associate professor of the physician assistant program at the College of Health Professions at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Failing to get a flu shot could be deadly. During the 2017-18 flu season, 80,000 people in the U.S. died of influenza and 900,000 people were hospitalized, according to preliminary estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These were the highest numbers we've seen in more than a decade," says Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokesperson. Here are 14 myths and misconceptions about the flu shot.

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