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Flu season: Separating the myths from the facts

As more of us get sick this season, it's hard to know what's true and what's not when it comes to getting the flu, so we're separating the myths from the facts. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As more of us get sick this season, it's hard to know what's true and what's not when it comes to getting the flu, so we're separating the myths from the facts.

One myth that keeps many people from getting the flu shot is that if you've never had it, you won't get it.

"Well, why do you look both ways [before crossing the street]? You've never been hit by a car. What we are really trying to do is prevent something from happening," said Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum.

Dr. Fichtenbaum, an infectious disease specialist, also says sometimes the reason you should get a flu shot is to protect others. He says a lot of people who get the flu are able to fight it off, but they can transmit it to three to nine other people, and one of those people's immune system may be compromised and can't fight it off as well.

The other big myth is that getting a flu shot can give you the flu. The vaccine doesn't' have a full live virus; it has fragments that are manufactured.

Dr. Fichtenbaum says he asks people, 'If I give you an engine, do you have a car to drive?' No, you'd need a whole car, just like you'd need the whole live virus to get the flu.

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