With flu season in full swing the CDC is spreading the word to get vaccinated. There are so many myths about the flu, but here’s what you need to know.
Flu Myth: The seasonal flu is annoying but harmless.
There has been a lot of focus on swine flu, but it’s important to remember that the run-of-the-mill seasonal flu can be a serious condition itself. “A lot of people just think of the flu as a very bad cold,” says Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the CDC in Atlanta. But it’s much worse than that.
Flu Myth: The flu vaccine can give you the flu.
There is simply no way that the flu vaccine can give you the flu. It’s impossible, according to the CDC.
Flu Myth: Antibiotics can fight the flu.
Antibiotics only fight bacterial infections. Flu — whether it’s typical seasonal flu or swine flu — is not caused by bacteria, but by a virus. So antibiotics have absolutely no effect on any kind of flu. (Source: CDC)
So, who in your family should get a flu shot? Watch the video for all the information you need.