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Five Myths About the Flu You Should Stop Believing

Here are five myths about the flu it’s time to stop believing . . .

Myth #1. “The flu isn’t a serious illness.”

Last year, 34 million Americans got the flu, 710,000 were hospitalized, and about 56,000 died. To put that in perspective, the flu kills more people in the U.S. each year than the Ebola virus has killed in the history of the world.

Myth #2. “A healthy lifestyle will protect you against the flu.”

It won’t hurt, but it might not be as big of a help as you’d think. Washing your hands and eating right are important, but you cannot completely stop an airborne virus with a healthy lifestyle alone.

Myth #3. “If you get sick, you can just take medicine.”

Since the flu is a viral infection, antibiotics aren’t effective against it. The antiviral drug Tamiflu IS an option, but it’s not effective for everyone and isn’t a cure.

Myth #4. “Flu shots can give you the flu. “

It doesn’t matter if it happened to your best friend’s cousin’s dog groomer. It’s NOT possible to catch the flu from the flu shot.

It IS true that some people feel sick shortly after getting the vaccine, but it’s either because they’re having a bad reaction to the shot . . . or they had already caught the virus and weren’t showing symptoms when they got vaccinated.

Myth #5. “It’s too late in the flu season to get vaccinated.”

It’s true that flu season loses steam in February and it can take up to two weeks for the immunity to kick in, but it’s never too late to get your shots.

 

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    DYLAN, the resident radio geek of Mix, lives, breathes, and eats radio. Having over 20 years of experience in the industry, Dylan has worked in all genres in various markets, but Salt Lake has always been home. When he’s not on the radio, which isn’t often, you can find him searching for local hole in the wall pizza joints, or spending time in downtown Salt Lake catching up on fun local music, going to movies, making the occasional trip to Wendover, traveling, exploring, or just chilling at home with his family. Dylan loves connecting with his listeners, on both the studio hotline and on all social media platforms. You can find Dylan on Mix from 3 pm through 7 pm.

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