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Flu myths dispelled

letter to editor [1]There seems to be no shortage of misinformation and bad advice when it comes to dealing with the flu. Here are 10 common myths about the flu.

Influenza may cause bad cold symptoms. But in the U.S. alone, 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 are hospitalized each year because of the flu.

Actually, 20 to 30 percent of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.

The influenza virus changes (mutates) each year. So getting vaccinated each year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.

The flu is a good example of how medical myths can get in the way of good medical care. When it’s flu season, take the necessary steps to stay healthy. That includes separating fact from myth.