Flu Fact Or Fiction

5:29 PM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Flu season is here. Tissues, medicine, and lots of hand sanitizer are in our future.

Even though we deal with it every year, there is a lot of misinformation about the flu. Like this point: a flu shot is not instant protection from the flu.

Connie Weant, a Guilford Co. Department of Public Health nurse says, "It does take two weeks to form those antibodies. A lot of times people are confused by that. When you feel those aches, headache and maybe a low grade fever, that is the body process building those antibodies."

Did you hear that?
It takes two weeks for the vaccine to fully take effect and the side effects can include feeling like you have the flu.

So what about the belief we get sicker when it's cold than when it's hot?

"That is a theory that because of the cold weather the virus will stay on surfaces longer, but it's a theory. We have to remember we are in close contact during this time of year."

And speaking of close contact, nurse Connie says you need to keep people at arm's length. And that's not just a saying. She says keep people at an arm's length if they show any sick signs. Cough and sneeze droplets can travel five feet.









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