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 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 Seniors

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

Articles from Our Blog

Frequently Asked Questions about the Flu

2009 H1N1 flu is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. Most people do not have immunity to this virus, so it spreads quickly.

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Facts about Influenza

It's flu season again and your friends at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center have recommended a few simply things that you can do to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Wash your hands...

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What Do You Do If You Get Sick With The Flu?

This is the time of the year when people can get sick with the flu and respiratory illness. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get...

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Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?

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...

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Taking Precautions for Flu during travel season

The risk for exposure to influenza during travel depends somewhat on the time of year and destination, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to take precautions. In the...

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