Fact check: Doctors aren't pushing an 'untested' seasonal flu vaccine for the coronavirus
The claim: Doctors are pushing an 'untested' flu vaccine with a 'very low strain' of the coronavirus in it
As flu season nears, doctors around the country are advocating that people receive the seasonal influenza vaccine, which health experts say is more important than usual amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They say having more defenses against the seasonal flu will help put less strain on the medical system, which will then help the country have more capacity to combat the novel coronavirus.
But some claims on social media have advised against taking the vaccine by incorrectly conflating the flu shot with a potential vaccine for the coronavirus, the latter of which is still in development.
Facebook user Madyson Marquette on Sept. 15 posted what she said was an exchange with her son's pediatrician regarding the flu shot. During the exchange, she said, her son's doctor told her the strain of the flu for the shot was "Covid, but a very low strain of it." The implication is that "Covid" is referring to the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, the disease that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans.
Marquette's post says she told the doctor she wouldn't give her child an "untested Covid flu shot." She alleges the doctor said they were pushing it because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking them to.
"Wake UP and for all (that) is Holy DO NOT GIVE your children a Covid vaccine!!" her post said.
Marquette's post had more than 7,000 shares ...
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