Influenza (Flu)

Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory system. Unlike other viral respiratory infections like the common cold, the flu can be life-threatening.

Typically, flu viruses spread by droplets from coughing, sneezing. The flu can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your own eyes, mouth or nose. This is why hand hygiene is so important in preventing the spread many illnesses.

 

Surviving Flu Season

Flu Prevention

The CDC recommends: vaccination, everyday preventive actions, and the correct use of antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.

If You get Sick with the Flu

If you develop influenza symptoms you should stay home until your fever is gone. Avoid contact with others except to seek medical attention

Flu Symptoms

You might have the flu if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

Seniors and the Flu

People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu because immune defenses become weaker with age.

Flu Informational Resources

Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?

on 02-04-2014 07:08:30

If you are at high risk, flu vaccination is especially important to decrease your chances of severe flu-related illness. Get your flu vaccine now. Influenza, commonly called the "flu," is a...

CCC Screening Visitors due to Influenza Cases

on 12-19-2017 10:43:30

Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) is screening all visitors for influenza-like illness at the skilled nursing facility due to an increase in influenza cases at the...

Influenza 101

on 11-28-2017 00:00:00

Influenza, commonly called the flu, is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory system. Unlike other viral respiratory infections like the common cold, the flu can be...