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Facts About the Flu

Facts About the Flu

Did you know? We are still in the middle of flu season, which ranges each year from October all the way until May.  The flu is a respiratory illness that is caused by a virus.  The flu is easily spread around schools, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospitals.  Here are some basic facts about the flu to share with those around you:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly eight percent of the United States population gets the flu each season.
  • The flu is a very contagious and you can spread it to other people starting a day before you have symptoms to up to a week after getting symptoms.
  • The flu can be spread through the air by coughs or sneezes, by touching contaminated objects, through skin-to-skin contact and through saliva.
  • Early symptoms of the flu can include body aches, fatigue or a scratchy throat.
  • Symptoms of the flu include a fever, body aches, stuffy nose, sore throat, loss of appetite, cough.
  • People at risk of the flu include children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and people living in highly populated areas.
  • Complications can develop from the flu such as pneumonia and dehydration and it can worsen certain chronic medical conditions.
  • You can take care of yourself when you have the flu by getting lots of rest and drinking fluids. Stay home to avoid spreading it to other people.
  • Flu prevention can include getting a flu vaccine, washing hands frequently and staying away from people who are sick.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm

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