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.