The flu is a good example of how medical myths can get in the way of good medical care. During flu season, it’s important to take the necessary steps to stay healthy. That includes separating the flu facts from myths.
FALSE: Influenza vaccines are made from inactivated or weakened viruses and cannot cause the flu illness.
TRUE: Influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States.
FALSE: Getting the vaccine each year provides protection against the most current strains of the flu.
TRUE: Twenty to thirty percent of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.
TRUE: The only way to catch the flu is by being exposed to the influenza virus.
Adapted from Harvard Health Publications: http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/10-flu-myths.htm
Community residents can obtain a flu vaccination from their physician, during an upcoming immunization event, or at a number of health centers and pharmacies throughout Genesee County. Vaccinations are covered by the Genesee Health Plan, Healthy Michigan and the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace (ACA).
The Genesee County Immunization Drive is a project of Genesee Health Plan, the Genesee County Health Department and Walgreens.
For additional information, please contact:
Genesee Health Plan 2171 S. Linden Road, Flint Township, MI 48532 810.232.7740
Genesee County Health Department Floyd J. McCree Courts and Human Services Center, 930 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 4, Flint, MI 48502 810.257.3612
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