Cold and Flu Myth Busters

December 14, 2018


We are in the midst of cold and flu season! There are quite a few myths out there about the common cold and influenza. We are going to debunk three of the most popular myths, so you can focus on staying healthy this season!

Myth #1 – Winter Weather Causes Sickness

Have you ever been told not to leave the house with wet hair in cold weather because “You will catch a cold!”?Well, this saying is a myth. While cold and flu season does peak in the winter months, it is not the cold weather that makes someone get sick, it is the germs. You must come into contact with the cold or flu to become infected. A 2017 study found that immune cells that are chilled are less effective at fighting off viruses, which means it might be easier to catch a virus in cold weather, but cold weather does not cause sickness.

Myth #2 – You Can Get the Flu from the Flu Vaccine

Because the injected flu vaccine is made from an inactive virus and the nasal flu mist is made from a weakened live virus, neither of these vaccines can give a healthy person the flu. According to the CDC, some people may experience side effects from the flu vaccine such as swelling, soreness, fever, and muscle-aches for 1-2 days after receiving the shot, but this is not the flu. While it is still possible to get the flu after you have received the flu vaccine, it can greatly reduce the risk and severity of the infection.

Myth #3 – Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever

We have all heard the advice: “Feed a cold, starve a fever,” but this is a major myth! Even though being sick can reduce your appetite, it is important that you eat when you feel hungry. Your body needs calories in order to fight off the infection causing the fever; restricting your diet could make it more difficult for your immune system to fight back. Whether it is a cold or the flu, make sure you are eating healthy, nutritious foods to keep up your energy.

There you have it! Three common myths- debunked!

It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Here at AFC, we are committed to serving the needs of our patients with consistency, compassion, and communication. If you do get sick this season, we’re here to help! Visit to find a location near you!


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