Top Flu Myths Debunked

The flu vaccine causes the flu
The flu vaccine does not cause the flu because it is the inactivated virus in the vaccine.  If you get the flu after getting the flu shot, it’s likely that you were exposed to the flu virus either shortly before or shortly after getting the shot.  It takes up to 2 weeks for your body to build up enough antibody protection after getting the flu shot, so if you were exposed to the flu during this window, you will still get sick.

The flu vaccine doesn’t work for me because I still always get sick

There are over 140 different strains of the flu virus and the flu vaccine only protects you against three or four (depending on the vaccine) strains of the virus.  The flu shot also does not protect you against the common cold.  There are over 200 virus strains that can cause the common cold.

Getting the flu vaccine is all I need to protect myself against the flu

As explained in the question above, the flu shot provides protection against 3-4 flu viruses, but you are still susceptible to other flu viruses and the viruses that cause the common cold.  Therefore, you should take additional precautions to protect yourself against the flu in addition to the flu shot.  This should include healthy hygiene practices (like handwashing, coughing into your sleeve), getting adequate sleep, moderating stress levels, takin vitamin D, etc.  There are also a number of natural products, like the Natural Immune Booster, that can boost the immune system to help your body fight off cold and flu viruses.

You can’t spread the flu if you’re not feeling sick

You are contagious 1-2 days before symptoms start to appear.  And as such, 20% to 30% of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.

I should take antibiotics if I have the flu

Antibiotics work against bacteria.  The flu is caused by a virus.  Antibiotics will have no impact on the germs that cause the flu.  However, antibiotics may sometimes be prescribed by your doctor if they suspect that the flu has led to a secondary bacterial complication, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, etc.

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