That's Not True!: Debunking Top Flu Myths

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  • Don’t Believe the Hype!
  • The Flu Is Just a Severe Cold
  • The Flu Vaccine Gives You the Flu
  • Antibiotics Can Fight the Flu
  • Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Get Flu Vaccines; Causes Miscarriages
  • The Flu Only Kills Older People
  • The Flu Vaccine Just Puts Billions in Big Pharm’s Pockets
  • Healthy Young Adults Don’t Need to Worry About the Flu
  • You Don’t Need the Flu Vaccine Every Year
  • Fighting the Flu Strengthens Your Immune System
  • You Can Catch the Flu From Being Outside in the Cold

The Flu Is Just a Severe Cold

The flu is NOT a severe cold — it is a serious respiratory disease that makes you feel absolutely terrible, brings on aches and pains, can develop into other illnesses such as bronchitis and can keep you out of commission for days and even weeks. But unlike the cold, the flu can kill. It kills more each year than complication of AIDS, says WebMD

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