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Mom Thought Son Was Immune To Flu After He Got It Once And Is Floored When He Catches It Again

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

The flu season has been particularly brutal this winter, and it seems like everyone around us is infected with the virus. There are ways we can protect ourselves from getting it, but it also helps if those who are sick simply stay home when they are still contagious!

Unfortunately, many believe the myth that if you catch the flu once, you’re immune to the virus for the rest of the season. Doctors say that this isn’t true.

Mom Brandi Butson believed this was the case. So when her 7-year-old son JJ caught the flu, she thought this was going to be the worst of it.

But she was wrong. According to her Facebook post, she checked his temperature just three weeks after his first battle with the virus and he had a fever of 104.6 degrees.

JJ isn’t the only one who has been unfortunate enough to fall victim twice in the same year.

Inside Edition spoke to Dr. Oz about the epidemic, and the doctor said the reason some folks are getting the flu a second time is that there are several strands of the virus out there. Coming down with one strand doesn’t protect you from the others!

He advises that folks get their flu shots, adding that it’s not too late to do so. While it may not protect you from all of the different types of flu out there, it will provide protection from some.

Please SHARE this important information with friends and family to make sure they protect themselves!

Photos: Inside Edition

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