Facts about the Flu

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Each year, about 5% to 20% of people in the United States get the flu (influenza). There are steps that you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones during the flu season.

When is flu season?

The “flue seasons” in the United States is usually from October through May each year. During this time, flu germs are often passed from person to person. Adults can pass the flu virus to others from the day before symptoms start and up to seven days after getting sick. Children can pass the virus from more than seven days after getting sick, That mean that you can give someone the flu before know you’re sick AND while you’re sick.

How long does the flu last?

Most people who get the flu feel better in less than two weeks. For some people, symptoms can last longer. The flu can also make other health problems worse and cause new ones such as pneumonia. Some people with the flu may be prescribed medicine, called antivirals, to help fight the flu virus (germ). Antiviral medicines can help you feel better and help prevent flu-related illnesses.

Can flu-related illnesses be serious?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that about 200,000 Americans with flu-related illnesses are admitted to the hospital each year. About 3,000 to 49,000 people die from these flu illnesses.

How can I reduce my chances of getting the flu?

A yearly seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu. It also lessens the chance that you will spread the flu to others. When more people get the flu vaccine, the less flu will spread around.

Facts about the Flu