SISD Flu Preparedness
The Start of Flu Season Means it's Time for Vaccination
Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May.
Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
Anyone can get flu, but the risk of getting flu is highest among children.
Symptoms come on suddenly and may last several days. They can include:
•runny or stuffy nose
Flu can make some people much sicker than others. These people include young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as heart, lung or kidney disease, nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune system. Flu vaccination is especially important for these people, and anyone in close contact with them.
Flu can also lead to pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children.
Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. A recent study found that the flu vaccine reduced the risk of having to go to the doctor for flu illness by and estimated 61 percent across all ages.
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