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Flu Shots (Influenza)
What you thought was just a little cold could be the flu. Whenever you think you have the flu, talk to your doctor about treatment right away. Treating the flu virus at its source may help limit its ability to spread in your body.
The flu vaccine is recommended to all persons six months of age and older, including healthy adults. It is especially important to get a flu vaccine if you are:
- Six months through 18 years of age
- 50 years and older
- Pregnant or just had a baby
- At an unhealthy weight
- Living in a nursing home or long-term care home
- Living with a weakened immune system or chronic medical condition (diabetes, heart or lung disease)
- Living with or caring for someone who is more likely to have flu complications
- A person who works in health care
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What can I do when I have the flu?
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms: fever*. cough. sore throat. runny or stuffy nose. body aches. headache. chills. fatigue. sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.
Is influenza a disease?
Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, and feeling tired.
Influenza – Wikipedia
What does influenza affect?
Influenza, or “flu,” is a caused by a virus infecting the respiratory system, meaning your nose, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs.
Influenza | University of Maryland Medical Center
When is influenza not contagious?
The Flu Is Contagious. Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days.
How Flu Spreads | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC