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Flu season is upon us, and it’s just in time to ruin that winter getaway you planned with your partner or that flight home you spent a pretty penny on to visit your family. Doesn’t it always feel like the flu waits in the wings to pounce until the very moment you really need to be healthy? Or want to be, because it’s during your much-needed vacation? Well, some of that may be true, but there are other things at play. When you’re stressed out, your immune system takes a hit. And you’re likely the most stressed out just around the holidays when you’re working extra to fund all those presents and airplane trips. And then there’s the fact that the flu virus is just the strongest at this time of year. The flu shot can put some of these issues to rest but it’s important to know the facts, first. Here are myths about the flu shot.

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Myth: The flu is not a big deal

Because so many people get the flu each year, and we have so much modern medicine to fight it off, it’s easy to believe that the flu is not a big deal. In fact, some people just accept that they’ll get it, annually, as a normal part of life.

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