It’s flu season. What to know now.
Each year, millions of people miss work and school because they have the flu (influenza.) Here’s what you should know about the flu and how to lower your chances of getting sick.
What is the flu? The flu is an illness caused by flu viruses. The flu may make people cough and have a sore throat and fever. They may also have a runny or stuffy nose, feel tired, have body aches, or show other signs they are not well. The flu happens every year and is more common in the fall and winter in the U.S. People of all ages can get the flu, from babies and young adults, to the elderly.
How does the flu spread? People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. Droplets released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People may also catch the flu by touching their mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as doorknobs, tables, or an infected person’s dirty hand.
How do you know if you have the flu?
Most common signs:
Fever Body aches
Runny or stuffy nose
Feeling weak or more tired than usual
Less common signs:
How sick do people get with the flu? Some people get very sick and others do not. Most people who get sick get better without seeing a doctor or taking medicine. However, some people can get very sick from the flu and can die. Many of the people who get very sick are older than 65 years or have a medical condition such as: diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or kidney disease, or are pregnant. Children younger than 5 years of age are also at greater risk.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
Protect yourself and others by getting a flu vaccination today.
Flu Shot Clinic
Location: McDonalds Ellettsville
4499 W State Road 46
Date: November 12, 2020 Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Questions call 812.353.3244
Why get a flu shot?
Who should get a flu shot?
It is recommended that anyone older than 6 months get an annual flu vaccination. Groups at high risk should be vaccinated:
Is it safe to get a flu shot?
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