You can test your knowledge on more flu facts by taking this quiz. Pharmacist Rich Tomelevage provides the answers.
Q: True or false?: the flu isn't serious
"You can have complications secondary from the flu which could manifest as a bacterial infection, pneumonias, bronchitis."
Q: Flu viruses are contagious
"If you come in contact with someone who has the flu, you have about 3 or 4 days of incubation before you have it so you more than likely will sneeze or wipe something or touch something and spread it and that's how it kind of goes like a wildfire."
Q: If you do get the flu, ride it through
"Once you have the flu, you're..pretty much you have the flu. and its pretty much you're body's going to ride itself out until it overcomes the flu virus. So to treat it symptomatically. If you have a cough, you can of course use over-the-counter cough medicines."
Q: You can protect yourself against the flu
"Wash your hands and get a flu shot."
Ask about Flumist as an alternative to the shots.
And for more information, including which type of vaccine is suitable for you, go to flu.gov
(Susan Hendricks for CNN's Health Minute)