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Flu

Sick WOMAN sneezing into a tissueGetting a flu shot is the single best way to avoid getting the flu.

 

Key Facts

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. More…

 

Prevention

Vaccinations, good health habits and antiviral drugs can help prevent the Flu. More…

 

If you are Sick

If you are sick, you should stay home until you are free of fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicine for at least 24 hours.

It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor’s exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu. If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your illness, especially if are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult your health-care provider. More…

 

Seasonal Flu Shots

Getting a flu shot is the single best way to avoid getting the flu. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine. There are many different flu viruses and the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common this season.