Meningitis and Flu, Facts and Myths Dispelled

Well, it’s officially the start of flu season, and as if that wasn’t bad enough, this year we’ve got an outbreak of meningitis to contend with as well!  Dr. William Schaffner, Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, addresses concerns about the fungal meningitis scare, from the source of the fungus that causes the disease, to what it does to the body and what treatments are available.  He also dispels some myths about meningitis (fungal meningitis is NOT communicable) and flu vaccinations (you CANNOT get the flu from the shot), as well as explains how the flu shot actually has added benefits for pregnant women.  For more health tips from Dr. Schaffner, check out his blog at