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By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

Well odds are much better it's a cold and we thought we'd arm you with the top myths about flu for the next time that happens.

This is just part of a long list we found on web-m-d dot com.
First, if your kid is standing in the kitchen telling you about the flu unharmed, they don't have it.
Flu is much more serious and knocks even a healthy child out out, in bed, for days.
200,000 a year are hospitalized for it.
Second myth is that the flu *vaccine* cannot give you the flu.
The injected virus is dead and it's more likely to just give you a sore arm.
Third, antibiotics can fight the flu is a major myth. Flu is viral, those drugs are for bacterial infections.
Fourth and a major pet peeve of health care workers.... there is no such thing as the stomach flu.
If your kids have vomiting and diarrhea, it's likely a gastrointestinal virus, there is no flu limited to your tummy.
Number five myth is that cold weather causes the flu or brings it on.While your kids should have a hat on in this kind of weather, if they leave it off or forget it... they are *not* more likely to get influenza.

Of course most experts recommend checking with your doctor if you really do think it's flu because there are some things they can give you or your kids to make it a little easier to manage.


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