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Will the flu shot prevent me from getting the “stomach flu”, colds and other common winter illness?

No. There are hundreds of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses. Flu vaccine protects against 3-4 strains of influenza that are predicted to be prevalent in the upcoming flu season. Illnesses commonly referred to as “Stomach Flu” or gastroenteritis that cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and/or vomiting are usually caused by germs that affect the stomach and/or intestines.

Resources:
CDC – Cold vs. Flu
CDC – Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines

I have more questions! Where else can I get information about the flu and staying healthy?

Contact the Campus Health Center! (313) 577-5041 or campushealth@wayne.edu

CDC – Flu
flu.gov
CDC – Everyday Preventative

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