Shoppers Drug Mart Flu Shot Myths

Debunking Myths About Getting The Flu Shot {Plus A Giveaway!}

I often hear people justify not getting a flu shot by saying something like, “I got the shot and STILL got a nasty stomach bug”! The problem with that logic, of course, is that the 24 hour stomach bug that seems to go around each year is not the flu, and neither is the common cold. We definitely hear a lot of different myths when it comes to getting your flu shot and I thought I would take some time to squash a few of them right now!

Myth #1 – The flu vaccine gives you the flu.

FALSE. Flu vaccinations delivered via a needle are either made with an ‘inactivated’ flu virus that’s not infectious or with no flu virus at all.

Myth #2 – You don’t need to get the flu vaccine every year.

FALSE. Almost half of Canadians (46%) say they aren’t concerned about spreading the flu to others, and the same amount say they aren’t getting vaccinated this year. But pharmacists warn Canadians – “Don’t Miss Out!”. In order to best protect yourself from the flu you need to be vaccinated annually and Canadians can drop in to their local Shoppers Drug Mart any time of day no appointment necessary to get vaccinated this season. Furthermore, the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older, even when the viruses the vaccine protects against have not changed from the previous season.

Myth #3 – You should wait until the height of flu season to get vaccinated so you’re protected for longer.

FALSE. While it’s never too late to get vaccinated, it’s best to receive your flu shot soon after it’s available, likely October. The antibodies delivered via the flu vaccine that protect you against infection take up to two weeks to take effect, and since the flu peaks between December to February it’s important to get vaccinated early so you don’t miss out on those March break plans!

Myth #4 – Pregnant women need to get consent from their doctor prior to receiving the flu vaccine.

FALSE. There is no recommendation for pregnant women to seek consent from their doctor prior to vaccination. However, there are some people who should seek their doctors’ advice prior to being vaccinated, including those who have a moderate to severe illness and patients with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Those are just a few of the misconceptions associated with the flu shot but there are many more. If you have questions regarding the flu shot, your best course of action is to stop in to your local Shoppers Drug Mart and ask to speak to the pharmacist on duty. They will be able to bust any myths and calm any concerns you might have and give you your flu shot at the same time!.

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Alright, for being such great readers and for considering Shoppers Drug Mart for your flu shot needs, I am giving away a Cold & Flu Prize Pack which includes a $100 gift card from Shoppers Drug Mart! This should get you through any sniffles you may come across during flu season and prevent you from having to reuse tissues… This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.

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Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this program, which I am taking part in because I believe in the flu shot.

292 replies
  1. beth
    beth says:

    We dont have any plans made yet- but we will be trying to get to the cottage and exploring the surrounding areas as much as possibe. (Kearney ON, Muskoka areas)

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  2. stacey dempsey
    stacey dempsey says:

    I would love to have a family vacation, but right now it I think we may have to settle for a few weekend outings. But I remain hopeful who knows. I sure would love to go somewhere warm and relaxing where we could swim and lay on the beach and just have fun together.

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  3. Kim Tanti
    Kim Tanti says:

    I wish we were having a vacation down south. But can’t afford it this year again, We will probably do day trips in the summer and a night or 2 at the beach.

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  4. ginette4
    ginette4 says:

    Yes we have a vacation planned…daughter gave birth to our first grand-daughter in France..we are flying to France next month to visit this precious new member of our family and are so excited..first trip abroad and it’s so exciting

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  5. Lynda Cook
    Lynda Cook says:

    Sadly this year no vacations for us, hubby is still recovering from surgery and no money to do anything nice this year, hopefully next will be better!!

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  6. Amber Y
    Amber Y says:

    We’re not planning any family vacations this year. We have a little one on the way so we’ll be sticking close to home for now.

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  7. sabina Edwards
    sabina Edwards says:

    SO far the only plans are to go to the annual star party. Son might come visit us, daughter just moved in feb so prob will stay where she is. I get the shot yearly, and so does everyone in our work place. Right now the soar throat/runny nose thing is going around here (hubby got it as well as one person at work who also got it from her husband) Other then that, this is the first time I’ve been sick in years (like in contagion sick, not other stuff, like what I went thru in the summer lol)

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  8. Sandra Ashby
    Sandra Ashby says:

    Good information on your flu shot article! Unfortunately we have no family vacation plans right now. Maybe as it gets closer to summer we can figure out a small getaway.

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  9. Florence Cochrane
    Florence Cochrane says:

    No plans so far other than a visit to spend some time with the family later when the kids are out of school. May a road trip there for a weekend.

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  10. Travelbuds
    Travelbuds says:

    My kids and I always go to my mom’s house out in the country. It’s the best vacation ever. She has 5 acres of land and a big in ground pool. We don’t need anything else.

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  11. Jessica G
    Jessica G says:

    Yes… Well maybe! Florida was the plan they have great accessibility for anyone dealing with special needs, but it looks like Europe might of just popped into the picture! Tho the affordability of traveling to either of these destinations with the loonie being so low is a huge issue.

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  12. Ivan Plumridge
    Ivan Plumridge says:

    We get a flu shot every year, and have done so for the last 10+ years. Have yet to get a BAD case of the flu since taking the shots.

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  13. Erinn Lishman
    Erinn Lishman says:

    We would LOVE to go on a family vacation, but money is tight and going anywhere with three kids can be nuts. Hopefully we can save and make it to Mexico or Dominican Republic late this year!

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  14. Sarah Alexis
    Sarah Alexis says:

    I am planning to take my daughter to Jamaica for her 16th birthday – I have been saving up for and planning for this trip for 4 years!

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  15. Elizabeth Vlug
    Elizabeth Vlug says:

    We are planning a family road trip with our daughter. Mont Tremblant, Quebec City and ending at Chateau Montebello. I better brush up on my French. 😉

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  16. Christine D
    Christine D says:

    We have our yearly cottage long weekend trip up North in Muskoka every May and then hopefully we will be doing som camping. Maybe next year we will have a nice vacation!

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  17. kristen visser
    kristen visser says:

    Haven’t planned anything as of yet. If we go anywhere it will most likely be just to my in laws in Collingwood or Toronto to go to Ripleys Aquarium 🙂

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  18. Josee B
    Josee B says:

    Our family all live in eastern Canada, we live in BC and everyone will be vacationing here with us at different times during the year, so we are quite happy about that!

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  19. Doris Calvert
    Doris Calvert says:

    We always go to the Rockies Banff and Jasper and stay a few days in Lake Louise but this year since my husband has time we are planning a month on the ocean in Parksville, BC

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  20. Doris Calvert
    Doris Calvert says:

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  21. Debbie S.
    Debbie S. says:

    No, we have no plans this year as of yet for a family vacation. For many years now we take the holiday trailer and head to the Rocky’s and into B.C. But I’m not sure about this year.

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  22. Julia
    Julia says:

    Nope, not planning a vaction (money is pretty tight). But we did just spend the weekend together, staying home, and just enjoying each other’s company, which felt like a bit of a vacation, especially since Monday is Family Day, and it’s a long weekend.

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  23. DebH
    DebH says:

    Yes a few trips planned this year; mostly trips to see our kids, one in Europe and one out West. Have never been out West so will be an adventure!

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  24. Tammi L.
    Tammi L. says:

    We spent a couple weeks doing Disney, Universal and Sea World in late November so our trips this year are going to be pretty local. A couple days in Parksville, BC. A few days in Vernon, BC.

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  25. Maritess
    Maritess says:

    We do not have plans of any vacations so far because we will be hosting family from abroad instead and show the beauty of Canada.

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  26. Wendy Jensen
    Wendy Jensen says:

    Yes, we plan to do a family vacation this year. We plan to go see our daughter in a different province than we are located at least twice this year. Now that’s a family vacation!

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  27. Kim DAngelo
    Kim DAngelo says:

    Absolutely. We feel family vacations are so very important. We spend our winter vacations skiing somewhere, and out summer vacations camping.

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  28. Braden
    Braden says:

    Fully agree with the article. Thanks for spreading this kind of information :). My work requires us to get the flu shot each year, and I think more employers should require the same.

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  29. Jenn Beckett @jennpup
    Jenn Beckett @jennpup says:

    We won a night at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara and we LOVED it soooo much, we are definitely planning a return trip ASAP.

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  30. Tracy D
    Tracy D says:

    We were planning on going to the Boston area, but we’ve switched to PEI. Too much chaos at the border right now, unfortunately.

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  31. Alyishah
    Alyishah says:

    Great article! I am all for getting the flu vaccine! Especially if you work in a clinic setting with people who can get sick from you. These myths drive me crazy! Great way to bring awareness! Crossed fingers for the chance to win the gift card- it will give me a good excuse to go to shoppers since I try to avoid it as I end up over spending hahah

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  32. Donnas
    Donnas says:

    Normally my travel companions include my daughter, and my sister and her daughter. However with both girls in college my sister and I took a trip to the Dominican Republic. While I was there, my daughter booked a trip with a classmate to Honduras. And she’ll be doing co-op during the summer, so no, we won’t be taking a family vacation this year.

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  33. AD
    AD says:

    Yep, we have a planned family vacation. We normally go to California every year, but that has been cancelled due to the new Administration in the US; we won’t be supporting those crazies with a single tourism dime of our own money. Instead we are going to Spain. It will be nice!

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  34. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I knew a lot of this but I still am unsure on whether or not the vaccination does much of anything for me personally. I seem to get sick either way – with or without it. 🙁 No vacations planned for me.

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  35. Chantelle Daigle
    Chantelle Daigle says:

    Not a “family vacation” so much as a “Mom and Dad vacation” – my partner and I are going to Toronto for Fan Expo for the first time since before we had kids (6 years ago). 🙂

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  36. SUMMER PLEWES
    SUMMER PLEWES says:

    We don’t really have any plans yet. We can’t seem to decide on a location or where we get the funds to go. Might be more of a staycation. Maybe a local grotto.

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  37. June M
    June M says:

    We are planning on going to see relatives of my husband’s sister-in-law in Scotland in July. We are looking forward to experiencing their culture and sightseeing

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