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      FLU myths AND facts

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      There are a lot of questions and
      misconceptions about the flu. Take a
      look at
      the flu myths below and get the facts. The
      more you know, the
      better prepared youll
      be to get your flu shot this year.

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    CAN I SPREAD THE
    FLU IF I DONT HAVE
    SYMPTOMS?

    It is a common myth that the flu cant be
    spread unless
    you show signs of having it.
    Fact is, people can spread
    the flu even before symptoms begin.1 Thats why its
    good to
    practice healthy habits all year round, like
    washing your hands often and covering your
    nose
    and mouth when you sneeze or cough.1,2

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    Do I Need a Flu Shot Every Year?

    Because flu viruses change year to year,
    so do the vaccines. In order to keep up with
    the changing viruses,
    you need to be vaccinated
    with the current vaccine every single year.2

    CAN A FLU SHOT
    GIVE ME THE FLU?

    Its a myth that you can get the flu from the shot.
    Thats because flu vaccines are made either with
    vaccine viruses that are dead, or no viruses at all.
    And when there are no active viruses present,
    you just cant get the flu.3

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    Should I Wait to Get Vaccinated So I’m Protected Longer?

    It's a myth that you should wait to get vaccinated so you are protected longer. Flu vaccinations are designed to last all season long. Plus, it takes about 2 weeks for antibodies to develop to help
    protect against the flu,
    so you shouldn't wait until peak flu season
    to get vaccinated.4,5

    WILL DOUBLE
    VACCINATION GIVE
    ME DOUBLE THE
    PROTECTION?

    This is a myth. Sometimes children require a different dosing
    schedule of the flu vaccine to
    help prime their immune systems,
    but theyre
    not getting double vaccinated.6 However, for adults,
    there is no evidence suggesting that
    more than one annual dose
    of the flu vaccine provides any additional protection.7

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    What Do You Know About Flu Vaccines?

    Take the quiz below to get the facts on how to help protect yourself against the flu.

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION