The 411 on the seasonal flu

Seasonal flu

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Last updated:
04/05/2021

What exactly is the flu?

The flu, also called influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The best way to reduce the risk of the flu is by taking steps to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The flu vaccine is best protection against the seasonal flu.

The season for the flu typically begins in October and lasts through May. To protect yourself from getting the flu, you should get a yearly flu shot and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

What are the Flu Symptoms?

The symptoms of the flu generally include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. Most people who have the flu will recover in less than two weeks with no lasting effects. Some people may become very ill though; some may go to a hospital’s emergency room for medical care or even die from complications caused by the illness.

How to prevent getting flu?

To reduce the risk of getting the flu, get a yearly flu shot. The best time to get the flu shot is in the fall because that is when most people become sick. Also, do your best to avoid people who are sick. If you do come into contact with someone who is sick, practice good health habits like covering your nose and mouth when you cough and washing your hands frequently with soap and water. Lastly, keep in mind that the vaccine may not prevent infection but it will help reduce how severe the symptoms are if you do become sick.

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