The flu is a contagious disease caused by influenza germs. Flu can cause mild to serious illness, and can sometimes lead to hospitalization or even death.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.
Flu is spread from person-to-person by coughing, sneezing, talking or singing.
How to Stop Flu
Everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu shot each year. It's never too early or too late to get one. Flu vaccine is very safe.
You should also stay home if you’re sick. Cover coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer to avoid getting sick.
Where to Get a Flu Shot
- Your doctor or clinic
- Community Immunization Clinic (if you don’t have a regular healthcare provider)
Problems from Flu
Some people are more likely to have serious problems from the flu that can lead to hospitalization or even death:
- People with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease
- Anyone under age 5 or over 65
- Pregnant women
If you have one of these conditions it is especially important to get vaccinated against the flu. If you think you have the flu, contact your health care provider.