The 2017/2018 flu activity has been a popular topic across the United States due to its prevalence and severity. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Typically, the timeline of the flu can range from October through May. Due to the flu being an ongoing illness, we’re taking a closer look at what the flu is all about. Here’s what you need to know about the flu and how to stay healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Who Can Get the Flu?
Most people are susceptible to the flu, but children, older adults and those with certain health conditions are at a higher risk of infection.
What Are the Symptoms?
Flu symptoms typically appear suddenly and can include fever, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, and headaches and some may have vomiting or diarrhea.
How does the flu spread?
The flu virus is spread primarily through droplets from an infected person’s cough, sneeze or speech that another person inhales or comes into contact with. A person is contagious with the flu starting one day before their symptoms appear and up to 7 days after becoming sick.
How Can You Stay Healthy?
- Stay away from those who are sick with the flu.
- Wash hands with soap and water for a least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face or mouth without first washing your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash and disinfect surfaces that are commonly used, along with items that come into contact with your mouth.
- Talk with your doctor about the flu.
Resources were provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To read more, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm