We are getting into flu season, which is right around the corner. What don't you know about the flu and what didn't your doctor tell you about it?  That is the question that we want to know about today. So today on the Top 5 at 7:45, I'll highlight 5 facts about the flu that you may not have known.

  1. You Can Still Get The Flu Even Though You Have Had A Flu Shot - The CDC states that the flu vaccination is only about 70 - 90 percent effective in any given year. There is still a good chance that you could get infected.
  2. You Can Request Mercury-Free Vaccines - There is a mercury-based preservative called Thimerosal which has been used in vaccines for many years to counteract contamination from germs, fungi and bacteria.You can request to not have this in your vaccine. You may request a single dose or nasal spray option, which are both thimerosal-free.
  3. The Flu Virus Can Travel Up To 6 Feet - If you are around sick people at home, work or school - stay away from them. Stay coughing and sneezing distance away from those you might think are infected.
  4. The Flu Vaccine Comes In Needle-Free Options - The FDA just approved a needle-free injector for use with the Afluria flu vaccine in people ages 18-64. It is a nasal spray vaccine, which is recommended for children, but also available for those ages 2 - 49.
  5. You May Be Contagious NOW - Health adults can infect others with the flu virus beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 - 7 days after becoming sick. Protect yourself and those around you by washing your hands and sneezing either into your bent arm or a handkerchief.

The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays with me, Gary Freeman and sponsored by First Education Federal Credit Union. For more information about the flu, click here.