You can’t turn on the TV without hearing about how crazy this flu season has been. Yes, the flu is highly contagious but it doesn’t mean you have to battle it alone and you know why? Because you can’t spread the flu through the phone! Calling in to our party lines is a great way to feel social when the flu has you down and out. Just dial in and let our phone community bring the party to you! Of course we sure hope you don’t get the flu, but if you do, know that a good time is just a few digits away.

Now as a public service announcement to our community, we are about to bust a few flu myths that people still believe. But before we do, we would like to remind you to remember to wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough and think about getting a flu shot.

Flu myth number one is that the flu shot gives you the flu. The journal of Vaccine did a study in 2015 and found that 43% of respondents believed that the flu shot can give you the flu. It doesn’t. Apparently the flu vaccine contains such a small bit of the virus that it is not possible for it to formulate into the full blown flu. Sure, you may feel a little off after getting the shot but it’s just your body reacting to a foreign substance in your body.

Flu myth number two is that it is easy to tell the flu apart from a common cold. As a matter of fact, it may be really difficult to tell the flu from a cold. Typically the flu will last longer and knock you off your feet to the point that you need to spend a day or two in bed. Colds typically don’t do that. So if you suspect your “cold” is the flu, you can go to the doctor for a flu test to be certain.

And lastly, many people believe you are only contagious in the first 48 hours but it is typically much longer that you are contagious. In fact, healthy adults can be contagious for up to 5 to 7 days! So a good rule of thumb is take it easy and rest at home until you are fever free for a full 24 hours. This is a perfect time to call in to our party lines and keep yourself occupied while you rest! But all kidding aside, stay healthy, be flu aware and remember you can’t transmit the flu over the phone.