Infectious Diseases

8 Myths About Colds and Flu


You should avoid dairy when you have a cold

Swine flu comes from eating pork products

The flu shot can give you the flu

Cold and flu sufferers always need antibiotics

Catching a cold means your immune system is weak

Feed a cold and starve a fever

Cold and flu viruses are only spread through the air

If you get the flu once in a season, you can't get it again

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