Here are five myths about the flu it’s time to stop believing . . . Last year, 34 million Americans got the flu, 710,000 were hospitalized, and about 56,000 died. To put that in perspective, the flu kills more people in the U.S. each year than the Ebola virus has killed in the history of the world. Myth #2. “A healthy lifestyle will protect you against the flu.”It won’t hurt, but it might not be as big of a help as you’d think.