'Tis the season for the flu, which can result in serious complications and lead to more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Test your influenza intelligence with our quiz:
True or False?
1) December is too late to get a flu shot?
FALSE – A seasonal flu shot is the most important preventative step you can take. While the CDC recommends getting one as soon as the vaccine is available each year, the shot is offered through January and beyond since flu season typically peaks in February.
2) I can spread the flu even if I don’t have symptoms?
TRUE – You potentially can share the sickness up to a day before you have the symptoms and several days after. Practice prevention such as hand-washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth!