Influenza (also called the “flu”) activity is increasing. Now is the time to get a flu vaccine! Learn about influenza and how you can protect yourself and your family as we ask a Health Care Professional some important questions and get answers about this year’s flu season.
What is influenza? Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. 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 vaccine each year.
Influenza is different from a cold. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:
- tiredness (can be extreme)
- dry cough
- sore throat
- nasal congestion
- body aches
How do you protect yourself from the flu?