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We're already four days into December and that means we're well into cold and flu season.

59News reporter Jessie Gavin sat down with an Infection Control Nurse from Raleigh General Hospital to debunk a few popular myths on the flu and the flu vaccine.

Officials with Raleigh General Hospital told us so far this flu season 25 people have been admitted to their emergency room. So how do you stay away from here?

"Coupled with good nutrition, a healthy schedule of exercise adds to the bodies ability to fight off infection," said Nancy Ward, Infection Control Nurse.

A Raleigh County resident went beyond these words of wisdom to make sure he stays healthy during the flu season.

"Prepare yourself for the weather. If it's cold, put a coat on, if it's not freezing just put on a t-shirt and keep going," Neil Lewis said.

Ward tackles a few of the most widespread flu myths.

"You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. What you receive is a dead virus that is not capable of producing illness," she told us.

However, she told us if you don't get the shot, your health could be in serious danger.

"Nobody, to my knowledge, has ever died from the flu vaccine. We have lost patients and will continue to lose patients because they have influenza and they were not vaccinated," Ward said.

We saw snow last week, on Wednesday it is almost in the 60's and by Saturday we could be seeing snow again. Some people claim it's this drastic change in weather that gets them sick, but Nancy Ward thinks otherwise.

"I personally think it's a myth, we don't get infections or viruses because the weather changes. We get them because we are in contact with them or inhaled them or touched them with our nose or our mouth," said Ward.

Ward told 59News if you can't make it to the sink for some thorough hand-washing, some alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be your next best bet.

Ward said so far this year we've seen much less of the flu going around, as last year's flu season brought in 400 patients into Raleigh General Hospital's ER.