Flu Symptoms, Prevention & Facts

Flu: What You Need to Know

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What It Is1

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause serious health complications, especially for the elderly and young children.

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Symptoms

Fever
Body Aches
Headache
Chills
Fatigue

How It Spreads

  • When an infected person coughs or sneezes and you inhale the droplets
  • When you touch a surface, then touch your nose, eyes or mouth

Prevention

  • Get your flu shot
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep surfaces clean

1. Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine. (2014 September 9). Retrieved January 30, 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.
2. The Flu Season. (2014 October 22). Retrieved February 5, 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season.htm.
3. Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths Averted by Vaccination in the United States (2017 April 19). Retrieved January 31, 2018 from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/burden.htm.

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