TULSA - Some people insist that when they get a flu shot, they get the flu, a notion that kills a fair number of people each year, but which doctors say is a myth which should have died itself, long ago.
Flu vaccines are created from dead viruses, which can not reproduce or infect an organism.
Dr. Jeffrey Galles, Director of Utica Park Clinic in Tulsa, says some people do experience mild symptoms after receiving a flu shot.
"That's not really truly the flu, that's your immune system responding to the vaccine. Your immune system's basically telling you you're prepared if you get exposed to the flu down the road."
Dr. Galles also says flu shots are safe for nearly everyone, with the rare exception of those who have a legitimate allergy to eggs, which are used as a medium for the vaccine.
"If they truly, truly have an egg allergy...nausea, vomiting, repeated on several occasions, I think those would be legitimate reasons" for not getting a flu shot.
He says people who suffer Guillain-Barré syndrome would also have to avoid flu shots, but points out that it's an extremely rare condition.