Influenza (Flu)

Understanding Influenza (Flu)

Each year in the U.S., over 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu complications. Those most at risk include pregnant women, adults age 50 and older, children under five, residents of long-term care facilities, and individuals with certain underlying medical conditions.

  • Symptoms: Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe and include fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, and more.
  • Transmission: The flu is highly contagious and can spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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Prevention: The Four "C"s

  1. Contact: Avoid close contact with sick individuals. If you're sick, maintain distance to prevent spreading the flu. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Contain: If you're ill, stay home from work, school, and public areas. If you had a fever, remain at home for at least 24 hours after it subsides.
  3. Cover: Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Make this a routine to prevent spreading the flu.
  4. Clean: Regularly wash your hands with warm soapy water. Clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and faucets.

Flu Vaccination

  • Who Should Get Vaccinated?: It's recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Especially important for pregnant women, children under five, people over 50, those with chronic conditions, and health care workers.
  • Where to Get Vaccinated: Use the Vaccine Finder Tool to locate flu vaccines in your area. Many local pharmacies and health centers also offer flu shots.
  • Safety and Precautions: Always consult with your health care provider before getting vaccinated, especially if you have allergies or have had reactions to vaccines in the past.

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