Message from the Health Officer for Los Angeles County
Muntu Davis, MD, MPH
October 25, 2019
Common Myths About Flu Immunization – It’s Time to Have an Honest Talk
Dear LA County Community,
Influenza (“flu”) season in Los Angeles County runs from October to the end of March 2020, and this season could be a particularly bad one. Despite many studies proving immunization as the best defense against catching the flu, many people still avoid this defense because they believe the myths associated with getting vaccinated. So, this month, I’d like to share some of the more common falsehoods about the flu vaccination, in hopes that this year, EVERYONE who is medically able, will protect themselves and their loved ones, and get immunized.
“It’s too early for flu immunization.”
“I am healthy and don’t need the flu immunization.”
“I can get the flu from taking the flu vaccine itself.”
“The flu vaccine causes autism.”
“I got the flu immunization last year, I don’t think I need it again this year.”
While the flu vaccine remains the best defense against the flu, you can take additional steps to help protect yourself and your family from the flu and other viruses. Those steps include the following:
As a physician and a parent, I hope that debunking these common misperceptions encourages everyone to do what’s best for themselves and their families and get immunized today.
To your good health,
Muntu Davis, MD, MPH
Los Angeles County Health Officer
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