Fighting the Flu - Win the Battle!

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March.

Flu 1The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October. Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, safeguarding them from flu is especially important. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from the flu. The influenza virus changes (mutates) each year. Getting vaccinated each year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.

You can also help reduce the spread of the flu by following these simple guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder not your bare hands.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (germs are spread that way).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school - Especially when someone is ill.
Flu signs and symptoms include:

Fever
Chills
Cough
Body Aches
Fatigue
Headache

You may also experience
Stuffy Nose
Sore Throat
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