Flu facts and myths
An argument for getting a flu vaccination
Flu season is here, as well as the annual push for people to get flu vaccinations. Here’s some information about the illness and its prevention:
MYTH: Seasonal flu isn’t serious.
FACT: In 2006, the flu was the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States.
MYTH: Needles hurt, so it’s easier not to get the vaccine.
FACT: There’s a sharp prick, but it’s brief. A nasal flu spray is available and approved for healthy people ages 2 to 49 (but not pregnant women).
MYTH: Flu shots can cause the flu.
FACT: The flu shot is made from dead viruses, making it incapable of triggering the illness.
Source: The National Safety Council