Being sick is the worst, isn't it? Most of us would do almost anything to avoid catching a cold or flu, yet we don't always know what we need to do to stay healthy. Thankfully, fighting pesky viruses isn't difficult when you're armed with the facts, which is why we've rounded up and debunked some of the most common cold and flu misconceptions. So say 'so long' to sniffles — they won't be bothering you this season.
If you're using this as an excuse to not get your flu shot this year, think again — there's no way you'll get the flu from a routine vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is a chance you'll experience some mild and short-lived side effects, such as redness, swelling, fever, or aches, but flu vaccines are designed to help protect your body, not infect it.
Ever heard the phrase "better late than never"? The same holds true here: Sure, it might have been better to get vaccinated before flu season was in full swing, but shots are offered throughout the entire flu season, which can start as early as October and end as late as May.