Influenza (Flu)

About the Flu

What is 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.

How does flu spread?

Typically, flu viruses spread by droplets from coughing, sneezing or even just talking. The flu can also be spread through touch. 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 of not only the flu but many other illnesses.

Surviving Flu Season

Flu Prevention

Flu Prevention

The CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting flu: 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 get Sick with the Flu

If you become ill with influenza symptoms you should stay home at least 24 hours and until your fever is gone. Avoid contact with others except to seek medical attention

Flu Symptoms

Flu Symptoms

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

Flu Informational Resources

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