Influenza, also known as the “flu,” is an infection of the respiratory system that is caused by the influenza virus. Influenza season may begin in October and peaks between late December and March, although this can vary each year. The flu is responsible for many hospitalizations and deaths every year in the United States.

 

Influenza is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes and talks. The influenza virus is then in the air and can land in the mouth and nose of others around them who may develop the flu. The influenza virus may also survive on surfaces and be transferred when a person touches the surface, then touches their mouth, eyes and nose. Influenza is often contagious before a person has symptoms.

Learn more about the flu vaccine, flu prevention, symptoms and more.

 

Flu Tips

Prepare Now for the Beginning of Flu Season

Flu season is around the corner for most of the country, and now is the time to get prepared.

View information on how to prepare for the flu season.

 

Flu Prevention Tips

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Get The 411 on Flu Vaccines

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Avoiding Infections When Returning to School

Back-to-school is widely recognized in the medical community as a time when many children pick up respiratory viral infections from their classmates. It is especially important to follow good hygiene practices to reduce the chances of catching these respiratory infections. Try the following tips to help protect your children, and yourself, from these illnesses. Read more