Does getting a flu shot make you sick? Can exercise help you get over your cold faster? Our quiz will help you sort fact from fiction.

Cold and flu myths CSIRO

It's that time of year when the cold and flu runs rampant. So what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to these everyday illnesses? Take our quiz to find out - click through all of your responses and then press 'submit' to see the answers


Being cold gives you a cold


Zinc, Echinacea and vitamin C help to relieve cold symptoms


Getting the flu shot will give you a mild flu afterwards


Hot whiskey (or hot toddy) is a natural remedy when you’re sick


Exercise helps you get over your cold faster


The cold and the flu are the same thing


Taking cold and flu medicine helps to relieve cold symptoms


Mum’s chicken soup will make you feel better when you have a cold


Flying on a plane increases your risk of catching a cold or flu


There is an effective medical treatment for the flu


Being vaccinated every year means we will create a resistant super flu


Man flu exists


  1. Very subjective questions leading to the reader not always truly understanding the nature of the question.

  2. Man flu exists. I have a man. He gets the ‘flu’. It’s 20 times worse than my symptoms. It’s true. : P

  3. The moral of the story is to get the flu shots, and hope like crazy these d… viruses don’t morph in the meantime.

  4. CSIRO is not up with the latest research. The author should read this article about man flu:

    1. Hey Guy,
      The article you’re linking to was published after our quiz, it’s the nature of science that there is new information being brought to light all the time!
      CSIRO Social Media

  5. I enjoyed the quiz, but was caught out by at least one question where the answers were swapped around. Would be nice if “True” and “False” were consistent, even if the answeres are repetitive.

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