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Whatis influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused byinfluenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild tosevere illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the fluis by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signsand symptoms of flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of thesesigns and symptoms:

  • - Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • - Cough
  • - Sore throat
  • - Runny or stuffy nose
  • - Muscle or body aches
  • - Headaches
  • - Fatigue (very tired)
  • - Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will havea fever.

Howflu spreads:

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly bydroplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets canland in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a personmight also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it andthen touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Yearly flu vaccination should begin soon after flu vaccineis available, and ideally by October. However, getting vaccinated even latercan be protective, as long as flu viruses are circulating. While seasonalinfluenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenzaactivity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks aftervaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect againstinfluenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they areprotected before influenza begins spreading in their community