The flu is a growing problem in the USA right now. Do you know what the flu really is and how to protect yourself from it?
Myth: The Stomach Flu Is A Type Of Influenza
Fact: Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, while often dubbed the "stomach flu," are not typically symptoms of seasonal influenza, which, first and foremost, is a respiratory disease, according to Flu.gov.
Myth: You Can Get The Flu From Being In The Cold Without A Coat (Or With Wet Hair)
Fact: Mom or Grandma probably told you this one at some point. Forgetting your hat doesn't condemn you to bed. The only way to catch the flu is to come into contact with the virus that causes it.
Myth: If You've Already Had Your Shot, You Are Guaranteed To Be Flu-Free
Fact: Unfortunately, even after slapping a bandage on that injection site, you may only be about 60 percent protected, according to the CDC. That means, yes, you can still get the flu after your shot.
Myth: The Flu Shot Can Give You The Flu
Fact: People keep bringing this up! You cannot get the flu from your flu shot.
How: Why? That vaccine is made from a dead or inactive virus that can no longer spread its fever-spiking properties. In rare cases, a person may experience a reaction to the shot that includes a low-grade fever, but these reactions are not The Flu.
Myth: Antibiotics Can Fight The Flu
Fact: Plain and simply, antibiotics fight bacteria, not viruses. The flu -- and colds, for that matter -- are caused by viruses.
Myth: There's No Treatment For The Flu
Fact: It's not antibiotics that you should be looking for. While the two antiviral drugs available to fight the flu aren't a quick fix, they can reduce the length of your bout of the flu and make you less contagious to others, according to WebMD.
Myth: If You're Young And Healthy, You Don't Need The Shot
Fact: Younger, healthy adults are not among the people the CDC urges most strongly to get vaccinated, mostly because they recover from it quicker. Pregnant women, people over 65 and those with certain chronic medical conditions are most urged to get the shot because they have a harder time recovering.