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GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT Four facts about the flu vaccine BY EMILY PRIMM Each year in the U.S., millions of people get influenza-the flu-and hundreds of thousands are hospitalized. Although many factors influence who gets the flu and how severely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that getting an annual vaccine is the No. 1 way to prevent it. Still, there are myths circulating about the flu vaccine. Here is what you need to know. MYTH #1: The flu shot gives you the flu. FACT: The flu shot will not give you the flu. The vaccine uses an inactivated form of the virus or no virus at all. MYTH #2: The vaccine doesn't really work, anyway. FACT: Although your results may vary, there are plenty of reasons to get a vaccine. The vaccine helps in these ways: * If you do get sick, the illness is not as strong. * People in the most vulnerable age groups (younger than 5 and older than 65) have a lowered risk of complications requiring hospitalization and avoid more serious outcomes. MYTH #3: I don't have to get the flu shot every year. FACT: The flu is a virus, and viruses mutate. This means that each flu season, a new, mutated strain (version) of the virus rears its ugly head. Getting the vaccine every year helps protect you from new strains. MYTH #4: All I need is the vaccine to protect me from getting the flu. FACT: Don't just rely on the vaccine. * Avoid close contact with people who have the flu. * Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. * Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. * Wash your hands often. * Get plenty of rest. * Follow a healthy diet and exercise plan. ■ WEBSITE Your First Line of Defense Against the Flu 8 W IN TER 2 0 1 6 PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK At ChoiceOne Urgent Care, we can help with all things flu. From getting your flu shot to needing treatment, we are here when you need us. Learn more at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/urgentcare. http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/urgentcare

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