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Flu IQ quiz

1. A flu vaccine can’t give you the flu?

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True. The flu vaccine cannot cause the illness. The viruses in the vaccine are either killed (flu shot) or weakened (nasal spray) which means they cannot cause the illness.

2. The "stomach flu" and influenza are the same thing?

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False. “Stomach flu” is a popular team for stomach or intestinal disease, whereas the flu is a respiratory (lung) illness. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea also can occur with flu but are more common in children than adults.

3. Getting a flu vaccine in December or later is not too late?

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True. It is recommended that people get the vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Influenza activity typically peaks in February most years, but disease can occur as late as May.

4. The flu virus changes constantly which requires a new flu vaccine to be produced each year?

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True. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on worldwide monitoring of influenza viruses.

5. Washing your hands is the best thing you can do to protect against the flu?

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False. It is recommended a flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. However, preventative actions, like covering your cough and washing your hands often are important everyday steps that can help stop the spread of germs.

6. The flu vaccine protects against three strains of flu?

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True. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.

7. The flu is typically spread through coughing and/or sneezing?

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True. Flu virus is mainly spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes.

8. The flu is not a serious illness?

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False. Flu is a serious contagious disease that causes illness and related hospitalization and deaths every year in the US alone. Flu seasons can vary in severity. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976-2006, it was estimated that the flu associated deaths range from 3,000-49,000 people.

9. The flu vaccine is available as a shot and or nasal spray?

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True. Flu vaccine is available as a nasal spray and shot. The nasal spray vaccine is an option for "healthy" people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant who have no underlying medical conditions that predispose them to influenza complications.

10. You can spread the flu to others before you have symptoms?

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True. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

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