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.
Signs and Symptoms of the Flu
The "Flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness, so severe that at times it can lead to death. The flu usually comes on rather quickly. It's important to note that the flu is different from a cold. Cold symptoms, while very similar to symptoms of the flu, are usually milder and generally do not result in serious health problems.
What if you get sick with the Flu?
If you have symptoms of the flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your healthcare provider. The Emergency Room should not be used for routine medical care.
According to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD), "annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and the flu-related complications that could lead to hospitalization, and at times can lead to death."