10 Misconceptions About the Flu

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Author's Note: 10 Misconceptions About the Flu

I was a sickly child who suffered from frequent bouts of bronchitis, which necessitated frequent visits to the doctor's office and lots of shots and bottles of antibiotics. But as an adult, I've mostly been pretty healthy, except for a brief, painful bout with the adult chicken pox in my late thirties. I generally avoid going to the doctor, and I've gone for years without getting a flu shot. After reading the medical literature and the CDC's Web site, though, I now realize that was an ill-advised choice, and that I shouldn't press my luck. In fact, after I finish this article, I'm going to the local pharmacy to get my vaccine shot.

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