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What’s True About the Flu?

Take a look at the influenza virus under a microscope, and you'll see a funny-looking spiked ball, much like the famous Russian satellite Sputnik. But if you've ever been flat on your back with the flu, you know there's nothing funny about this highly contagious virus. Test your savvy by taking this quiz.

1. Stomach flu is the worst kind of flu.
2. The CDC recommends that only people 50 and older get the flu vaccine each fall or winter.
3. The flu shot can give you the flu.
4. New medications can help fight the seasonal flu.
5. If you don't touch an infected person, you won't get the flu.
6. A test can tell your doctor quickly if you have the flu.
7. If you are 65 or older, you are at higher risk for complications from the flu.
8. Symptoms are worse for the flu than a cold.