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
    seasonal flu.
  • 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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