Influenza

Influenza, commonly called “the flu” is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Influenza is a leading cause of illness in the United States and can lead to serious medical conditions, hospitalization or even death. Flu seasons are unpredictable. They can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. Influenza is extremely contagious and spreads very easily in communities. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Who Should Get Vaccinated?

It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. It is especially important for individuals at high-risk for having serious flu-related complications such as:

Where to Get Flu Vaccine?

This year's flu vaccine is expected to arrive soon. Please check back for listings of hospitals and community based flu vaccination clinics. You may also, call your doctor's office, clinic or pharmacy directly to check on the flu vaccine availability.

*As additional flu clinics are scheduled this information will be updated.

 

The most common symptoms of the flu are:

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

Additional Flu Information