Fact or fiction

Identifying what’s true and what’s not about the prevention and treatment of the flu.

So what should you do if you have the flu?

Take vitamin C? Gargle salt water? Eat chicken soup?
When it comes to treating the flu, everyone has their favorite home remedies for the flu. But do they actually work?

Here we break through some of the ‘conflusion’ by identifying what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to preventing and treating the flu. And what’s more, if you click on a panel below you can learn more about that particular topic.

To get you started, we’ve split out topics into three sections, depending on whether you’re interested in antivirals vs. over-the-counter treatments, flu vaccines, or symptom relief.

Flu or False?

Flu antivirals vs. over-the-counter remedies or antibiotics

You need a prescription for antiviral flu medication

Antibiotics are a good treatment for the flu

Over-the-counter flu medicines can cure the flu

The flu vaccine

The flu vaccine
can give you the flu

Only high-risk groups such as pregnant women and older people need a flu shot

You don’t need a flu
vaccine every year

A flu vaccine protects you from all types of the flu

Some people are allergic to flu shot ingredients

There is no difference between a vaccine and an immunization

Flu symptom relief

The flu is just a bad cold - the symptoms are the same

Chicken soup can cure the flu

The flu isn’t a serious illness

Antivirals can help ease symptoms of the flu

Think you’ve got the flu? call or visit your doctor to discuss if an antiviral flu medication might be right for you

If you get sick this flu season, it’s important to speak to your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.