FLU myths AND facts
There are a lot of questions and
misconceptions about the flu. Take a
the flu myths below and get the facts. The
more you know, the
better prepared you
be to get your flu shot this year.
CAN I SPREAD THE
FLU IF I DON
It is a common myth that the flu can
spread unless you show signs of having it.
Fact is, people can spread the flu even before
symptoms begin.1 That
practice healthy habits all year round, like
washing your hands often and covering your
nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.1,2
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?
vaccine viruses that are dead, or no viruses at all.
And when there are no active viruses present,
you just can
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
ME DOUBLE THE
This is a myth. Sometimes children require
a different dosing schedule of the flu vaccine to
help prime their immune systems, but they
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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