The flu is serious business, but this common ailment is commonly misunderstood. Watch this video to dispel 8 of the most prevalent flu myths.
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Myth: The flu isn’t that bad.
FACT: Being sick with the flu is terrible!
Myth: I’m healthy, so I don’t need the flu vaccine.
FACT: Even healthy, active people need the flu shot.
Myth: I can protect myself from the flu by washing my hands and bundling up in the cold.
FACT: Influenza is spread through the air, so hand washing cannot fully protect you.
Myth: I got the flu shot last year, so I don’t need to get it again.
FACT: The strains of flu virus that circulate change every year, so last year’s shot may not protect you this year.
Myth: I already got sick this year; I can’t catch the flu again.
FACT: Even if you were already sick with the flu, your body may not be immune to all circulating flu virus strains.
Myth: Antibiotics can fight the flu; I’ll just take some pills if I get sick.
FACT: Antibiotics cannot treat or prevent the flu.
Myth: The flu shot can give you the flu.
FACT: The flu shot cannot give you the flu.
Myth: You need a doctor’s appointment for a flu shot.
FACT: You can get the flu vaccine at Passport Health locations nationwide or at an onsite flu clinic at your office.
What are you waiting for? Get the flu vaccine and be Flu Free this year!