7 myths about influenza and the flu shot, busted (1/7)

Not sure whether to get a flu shot? Discover the truth behind seven common flu myths

1. The flu shot won’t protect me 100% so why bother?

“When someone asks ‘why do I need the flu shot’? I say that the shot isn’t just for them; it’s also for the people in their life who could get really sick if they got the flu,” says Dr. Jonathan Kerr, a family physician from Belleville, Ont. Seniors, young children, pregnant women, or individuals with chronic (asthma, diabetes, heart disease), or immune compromised (cancer, AIDS, recent organ transplants) conditions are most at risk for influenza-related complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and even death. When you get a flu shot, not only will you increase your chances of avoiding the illness and its complications, but theirs as well.

While it’s true that the flu shot isn’t 100 percent effective, Kerr says that’s not a good enough reason to skip it. “The flu shot isn’t perfect and won’t prevent the flu in every case. This year it’s about 40 percent effective. That’s better than zero percent, so it’s still worthwhile getting a flu shot. It’s a misconception that influenza is a minor illness. It’s very serious,” says Dr. Kerr. [*Update: A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that this year’s flu shot may actually be 23 percent effective.]

    1   ...   >>    

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy


Lemony Shrimp Gambas

This shrimp recipe makes a tasty and healthy snack’researchers say eating shrimp improves the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL, which keeps you arteries clear) to bad (LDL)

Skip indoor tanning beds

Much as I would love to be bronzed rather than pale and freckled, I’ve always opted for self tanner rather than visit an indoor tanning salon.After all, as the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) points out, “some tanning beds can expose you to five times as much radiation as the sun, so using indoor tanning beds […]


News: Canadian health insurance with a side of fries

‘Welcome to Sun Life insurance. Thank you for considering us for your life and health insurance needs. Your health is important to us’ Would you like fries with that?’ According to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health, U.S., Canadian and European insurance companies have invested nearly $2 billion in five leading […]


Staff tested: BB Creams

BB Creams (aka beauty balms) have taken the cosmetics biz by storm. Find out what we thought of some of the options on the market