Flu shot myths

Get out your tissues, plug in the vaporizer, and stock up on soup. It’s flu season.

Flu season runs from October through May, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contrary to what many people believe, the flu is not a stomach virus. It’s a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses that infect your throat, nose, and lungs and causes fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, and sore muscles.

In short—the flu makes you feel crummy all over. The best way to avoid the flu is by getting a flu vaccine. Every year.

No one wants the flu, so why doesn’t everyone get the vaccine? Here’s a look at the most common myths about flu vaccines.

If you've got the flu, when should you see a doctor?


Get your flu shot today

All Swedish Express Care clinics offer the flu shots. Schedule one or walk-in today. You can also search our provider directory to find a primary care doctor.

Related resources

Chief of Pediatrics explains why you should get your flu shot

They're called sick days for a reason: Why you need to stay home

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Video: Dr. Elizabeth Meade talks about flu season

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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