The Truth About the Flu

There are many myths that continually circulate each flu season. Click each myth to find out the real facts behind these flu falsehoods!

Fact: This is a common misconception, but the truth is that viruses cause flu — and antibiotics do not work on viruses. Antibiotics only work against bacteria. However, your doctor might prescribe antiviral medicines to treat your flu. They will not cure your flu, but they can make you less infectious to others and reduce the length of time you may be ill.

Fact: Many people think that taking daily vitamin C supplements can stop them from catching the flu, but there’s zero scientific evidence to prove this.

Fact: No, flu immunization doesn’t cause the flu! The injected flu vaccine contains inactivated flu viruses, so it cannot give you the flu. Your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected, and some people develop a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterward, but other reactions are very rare.

Fact: In fact, 20% to 30% of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.

Fact: Unfortunately, you can definitely contract the flu virus more than once a year. This is because infection can occur from many strains of the virus.

Fact: The illness referred to as the “stomach flu” is a term that refers to a group of viruses that primarily cause vomiting and diarrhea. These viruses are not influenza! If you develop these kind of symptoms without any of the classic flu tip-offs, you’re likely dealing with an entirely different illness.