Influenza (Flu)

Influenza, or flu, is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. We are all at risk for getting and spreading the flu. If you have asthma or other lung diseases, you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccination each and every year. We encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about influenza and annual vaccination.

Learn About Flu

Influenza (flu), also referred to as seasonal flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Anyone can get the flu as it is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Flu Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors

The flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs, and it is spread when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Flu symptoms often appear suddenly and can include high fever, headache, cough, chills and more.

Diagnosing and Treating Flu

There are treatments that can reduce the duration of the suffering caused by the flu and improve symptoms. See a healthcare provider as soon as flu symptoms appear to find out if these treatments are right for you.

Preventing Flu

Flu season happens every year, it starts in the fall and continues into the spring. Make sure you are protecting yourself and others from the flu by practicing good health habits and getting your annual vaccination.

Find a Flu Shot

The HealthMap Vaccine Finder provides information on where to find flu vaccinations.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Ask your doctor these questions about influenza.

Facts About the Common Cold

Interesting and helpful facts about the common cold, and understanding the difference between a cold and the flu.

Myths and Facts about the Flu Shot

Fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache is it the flu? Each year, influenza, or flu, sends thousands of Americans to the hospital.

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