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What is influenza?
Most commonly known as the “flu,” influenza is a severe
respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to
severe complications or even death.
The flu is easily passed from person to person through
coughing, sneezing or contact with an infected person.
Flu symptoms often include high fever, headache, fatigue,
cough, sore throat, runny nose and body aches.
Who is at high risk
for catching the flu?
The flu impacts people of all ages.
Children and elderly people are typically more vulnerable to
Almost 90% of deaths caused by the flu occur among
people 65 and older.
Can I get the flu from the flu shot?
The flu shot does not contain the live virus, so it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccine.
Side effects, such as mild soreness, redness, swelling, headache or fever, may occur in some people.
Immunization is safe, effective and the best way to help prevent the flu.
Why is it necessary to get the flu shot every year?
The types of flu viruses change from year to year.
Immunity to the flu can wane after a year.
New vaccines are made each year to combat new and current strains.
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