Flu myths: The flu shot won’t make you sick, and whiskey won’t cure you

Whenever you’re sick, there always seems to be a family member or friend, ready to tell you an old wives’ tale or family secret for curing your ailment. Dr. Rachel Franklin said most old wives’ tales are centered on making a person feel better, rather than shortening the course of an illness.

BY JACLYN COSGROVE Published: January 6, 2013

The headline reads “Influenza Rages in Oklahoma City; Whisky is Needed.”

It was December 1918, and the Oklahoma City Police Department was getting inundated with calls, people requesting whiskey to, allegedly, alleviate their flu-like symptoms.

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