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