That's Not True!: Debunking Top Flu Myths

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  • 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
  • Don’t Believe the Hype!

Antibiotics Can Fight the Flu

So many of us want our docs to prescribe this type of medicine hoping it will help, but antibiotics don’t help with the flu because the flu is not an infection and is not caused by bacteria. However, having the flu lowers your immune system, which can make you more susceptible to illnesses such as sinusitis, bacterial bronchitis and pneumonia. All of these may require antibiotics for treatment. 

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