Flu and cold season is approaching. Many people are used to trusting widespread myths and stereotypes about the flu, about the treatment of the symptoms and about the ways of infection. Which claims should we not trust?
You can get the flu from the vaccine
This is a very common myth. But in fact, according to experts, it is absolutely false. The new methodologies used to make vaccines do not contain live virus cells and cannot make you sick.
The misconception stems from the fact that his body needs about 2 weeks to be able to build antibodies against the respective pathogen. During this time, the organism is not protected and is potentially exposed to infection.
Young and he althy people should not worry about the flu
We are usually used to hearing that children, the elderly and the chronically ill are most at risk from the flu. This is again not true. Despite the good he alth of a young person, the flu can cause serious symptoms in an otherwise he althy person.
Even if it is not a high risk, it still exists.
Flu also includes gastrointestinal symptoms
Gastrointestinal disorders are common complications of influenza. But the viruses that are the root cause of gastrointestinal problems are from a completely different group, and they do not show complications in the respiratory tract. These viruses are not flu.
Pregnant women cannot use flu vaccine
Recent research suggests it can. In addition, experts believe that if given correctly and at the right time, the vaccine would even help a baby protect itself from viruses in the first months of its life.
The antibodies that are formed protect the baby after birth and continue to be delivered to his body through the mother's milk.
Washing your hands is enough to prevent infection
This is undeniably important. Hand hygiene is among the most important things that one should watch out for. But in this case, it alone is not enough. Influenza is mainly spread by airborne droplets, so keeping a sufficient distance when in contact with an infected person should be a priority.
Wash your hands regularly, but still avoid contact with your face, eyes and mouth.
Antibiotics fight the flu
Many people resort to the use of antibiotics to heal faster. However, they have absolutely no effect on viruses. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections. A specific preparation works against the specific pathogen, and not every antibiotic can work in the specific case.
Don't poison your body with this kind of medicine as soon as you feel sick. Consult a doctor. Allow the immune system to activate adequately.