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Stop the Spread

Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illnesses and, unfortunately, even death. People with the flu often complain of a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, and/or fatigue. Some may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.

How is influenza spread?
The influenza viruses are spread by tiny droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. The droplets can land in the mouths or nose of people who are nearby. A person might also get influenza by touching a surface that has the influenza virus on it, and then touching their own mouth or nose. That’s why it’s important to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing to protect everyone around you.

Do I need vacinnated?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly influenza vaccine (for everyone 6 months and older) as the most important step in preventing influenza. The vaccine protects against multiple influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses, so it is still possible to become infected with influenza after getting the vaccine. However, your illness may be less severe.

Influenza prevention:

  • Wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • Use the paper towel in public restrooms to turn the water off and open the door.
  • Wipe off the cart handle when shopping.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.
  • When visiting in the hospital, wash your hands when you arrive and before you leave.