As US battles Covid-19, flu vaccine misinformation spreads


Misinformation about the flu vaccine is swirling around social media as US health authorities encourage people to get it in order to lighten the load of the healthcare system stretched thin by Covid-19. – EPA pic, October 17, 2020.

US health officials are pushing Americans to get vaccinated against the flu to help prevent hospitals already busy battling Covid-19 from being overwhelmed this winter, but false claims are threatening their efforts.

Misinformation on social media, particularly that a flu shot will increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus or cause you to test positive for Covid-19 – it won’t – is undermining the public health message.


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