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      FLU myths AND facts

      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.

    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.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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    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION