Debunking six common flu shot myths

Dr. Jeff Powis, Infectious Diseases Physician at Michael Garron Hospital debunks six common myths about the flu shot. 
(Video: MGH)

Winter is coming – but the flu doesn't have to.

MGH News interviewed Dr. Jeff Powis, Infectious Diseases Physician at Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) to debunk six common myths about the flu shot, including:

  1. The flu shot will give me the flu.
  2. I shouldn't get the flu shot if I'm pregnant.
  3. Healthy people don't need to get the flu shot.
  4. Getting the vaccine is all I need to do to protect myself from the flu.
  5. You don't need to get your flu shot every year.
  6. Children and seniors do not need to get vaccinated

Watch the video to find out the answers!

Dr. Jeff Powis on MGH Iron Throne.
Dr. Jeff Powis rolled up his sleeve to get his flu shot this year on the MGH Iron Throne. (Photo: MGH)

MGH uses ‘Game of Thrones' theme to fight flu

This year, to help create a buzz and raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated, MGH harnessed the popularity of the Game of Thrones TV show to generate excitement around its annual flu prevention campaign. The hospital has constructed an Iron Throne, which staff, patients and the greater community can snap their pictures in while getting their flu shot.

Get your flu shot today

The vaccine is free, and it can be received through family doctors, participating pharmacies or public clinics. Options available to the public within MGH include:

  • Flu Clinic (F108): 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday (no appointment necessary) 
  • Pharmasave (no appointment necessary) 
    • 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
    • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
    • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Search here to find a clinic near you
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