Syracuse (CNN) -- Flu season is here. It's something we hear every year in the fall. But how much do you really know about the virus?
After getting your flu shot, did you know it takes about two weeks to develop immunity.
It’s true. You can test your knowledge on more flu facts by taking this quiz. Here goes: True of False, the flu isn’t serious – False. You can have complications secondary from the flu which could manifest as a bacterial infection, pneumonia, bronchitis, stuff like that.
Flu viruses are contagious – that’s true. If you come in contact with somebody who has the flu, you have about three or four 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 spreads like wildfire.
If you do get the flu, ride it through – that’s true. Once you have the flu, you pretty much have the flu. And your 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.
You can protect yourself against the flu – that too is true. Ask about flu mist as an alternative to the shots. And for more information, including which type of vaccine is suitable for you, visit flu.gov.