28 July 2008

You can catch the flu from a flu shot
The flu vaccine is made from an inactivated virus, so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some people may be sore at the spot where the vaccination was injected, and in a few cases, may develop a fever, muscle aches, and feel unwell for a day or two. In very rare cases when a person is allergic to the vaccine, there may be an immediate reaction.

You can catch the flu or a cold from going outdoors in cold weather
The flu and colds are more common in the winter months because that is when the viruses spread across the country. It has nothing to do with being outside in cold weather.

Large doses of Vitamin C can keep you from catching the flu or a cold, or will quickly cure them
These claims have not been proven. Still, it is important to one’s overall health to consume the minimum daily requirement of Vitamin C.

"Feed a cold and starve a fever (flu)"
This is definitely not a good idea in either case. You need more fluids than usual when you have the flu or a cold. Drink plenty of water and juice, eat enough food to satisfy your appetite, and drink hot fluids to ease your cough and sore throat.

Herbal remedies are an effective treatment for colds
Echinacea and other herbs are getting a lot of publicity as cold remedies. Zinc lozenges are also said to cure colds quickly. To date, none of these claims are solidly supported by scientific studies.

Chicken soup and hot toddies are effective treatments for the flu or colds
A bowl of chicken soup is a popular home remedy. While hot liquids can soothe a scratchy throat or cough, chicken soup has no special power to cure the flu or a cold. As for hot toddies, another folk remedy, any beverage containing alcohol should be avoided when you are sick.


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