Think I’m just a cold? Ha!
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Underestimate me at your peril. Each year on average, I send 200,000 people to the hospital and have a hand in killing at least 23,000 (usually if they also develop complications such as pneumonia). Not to brag, but I am strong enough to render even a totally normal, healthy person gravely ill.
I dread nothing more than the flu vaccine
Ivan Anta/Shutterstock It’s the best way to ensure that I can’t wreak havoc. A vaccine provides your immune system with National Security Agency–level intelligence to identify and eradicate me. This season, I’m especially nervous—there’s a new quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four flu strains instead of the usual three. There’s a new vaccine for people who are allergic to eggs and, once again, an extra-strength version for senior citizens. Yikes. Just be sure you’re not making these 8 mistakes that could mess up your flu shot.