Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Symptoms of the flu may include fever /chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some may have vomiting and diarrhea.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people > 65 years of age, younger children < 2 years of age, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). For more key facts about the flu please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.

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