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      FLU myths AND facts

      There are a lot of questions and
      misconceptions about the flu. Take a
      look at
      the flu myths below and get the facts. The
      more you know, the
      better prepared youll
      be to get your flu shot this year.

    CAN I SPREAD THE
    FLU IF I DONT HAVE
    SYMPTOMS?

    It is a common myth that the flu cant be
    spread unless you show signs of having it.
    Fact is, people can spread the flu even before
    symptoms begin.1 Thats why its good to
    practice healthy habits all year round, like
    washing your hands often and covering your
    nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.1,2

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    Do I Need a Flu Shot Every Year?

    Because flu viruses change year to year,
    so do the vaccines. In order to keep up with the
    changing viruses, you need to be vaccinated
    with the current vaccine every single year.2

    CAN A FLU SHOT GIVE ME THE FLU?

    Its a myth that you can get the flu from the shot.
    Thats because flu vaccines are made either with
    vaccine viruses that are dead, or no viruses at all.
    And when there are no active viruses present,
    you just cant get the flu.3

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    Should I Wait to Get Vaccinated So I'm Protected Longer?

    It's a myth that you should wait to get vaccinated so
    you are protected longer. Flu vaccinations are designed
    to last all season long. Plus, it takes about 2 weeks for
    antibodies to develop to help protect against the flu,
    so you shouldn't wait until peak flu season.4,5

    WILL DOUBLE
    VACCINATION GIVE

    ME DOUBLE THE
    PROTECTION?

    This is a myth. Sometimes children require
    a different dosing schedule of the flu vaccine to
    help prime their immune systems, but theyre
    not getting double vaccinated.6 However, for
    adults, there is no evidence suggesting that
    more than one annual dose of the flu vaccine
    provides any additional protection.7

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    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION