Flu Shot Myths

This Article used with permission of Swedish Hospital.

Get out your tissues, plug in the vaporizer, and stock up on soup. It’s flu season.

Flu season runs from October through May, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contrary to what many people believe, the flu is not a stomach virus. It’s a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses that infect your throat, nose, and lungs and causes fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, and sore muscles.

In short—the flu makes you feel crummy all over. The best way to avoid the flu is by getting a flu vaccine. Every year.

No one wants the flu, so why doesn’t everyone get the vaccine? Here’s a look at the most common myths about flu vaccines.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.