(WZZM) - The flu season is officially here in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health is confirming 12 cases in lower Michigan, including one in Kent County.
Are you avoiding getting vaccinated for the flu? WZZM 13 health reporter Valerie Lego dispels the top three flu vaccine myths.
- MYTH #1: The flu vaccine gives you the flu -- The injectable vaccine contains a dead virus and the Flumist virus is specially engineered to remove the parts of the virus that make people sick.
- MYTH #2: If you haven't gotten the flu vaccine by November it's too late -- The flu season really gets into high gear later in the winter. In West Michigan it peaks in February and March. Getting your flu vaccine in November can protect you through that highly contagious time.
- MYTH #3: If you've already had the flu you can't get it again -- There is more than one strain of flu virus that circulates every year you can't be sure which one you had and you could get sick again but from a different strain.
Nearly 200,000 people area hospitalized every year because of the flu between 3,000 and 50,000 will die.