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 Vaccine Gives You the Flu

Despite potential cold-like symptoms afterwards, the flu vaccine does not make you sick. The injectable flu vaccine has a dead version of the virus, which is impossible to give you the flu. And even though the nasal flu vaccine has a live form of the virus, researchers have taken out the parts of the virus that make you sick. 

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