Bag The Flu...Get Your Flu Shot!
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract in humans (nose, throat, lungs). The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, nasal congestion, and body aches. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot each fall, before the flu season.
- Flu season typically peaks in January or February, but can occur as early as October and as late as May.
- Flu related complications include pneumonia and dehydration.
- Illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks.
- Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year.
Know what to do about the flu
- Get Vaccinated
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you sneeze or cough. (Discard tissues; don't reuse them.)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer such as those located around campus. (Experts agree hand hygiene is the single most important method to stop the spread of infection.)
- Try to avoid close contact with anyone running a fever.
- If you are diagnosed with the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has ended before returning to school or work.
- Get a flu vaccine shot when it becomes available.