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Influenza (Flu) and the Cold
The Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Understanding what causes contagion and how to prevent it can help to reduce or eliminate influenza spread among your family members, between co-workers and others you may come into contact with. These same protective measures are also effective against spreading the cold viru.
How does flu spread?
How long can a sick person spread flu to others?
- Flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
- Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own eyes, mouth or nose.
How severe is illness associated with flu?
- People infected with flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to about 5-7 days after getting sick
- Children and people with weaken immune system the ability to infect others may be longer.
- This means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick from flu?
- Each flu season, different flu viruses spread and affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection.
- Healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to friends, co-workers, and family.
- In the United States, thousands of healthy adults and children have to visit the doctor or are hospitalized from flu complications each year.
- While flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at greater risk for severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death. This includes older adults, young children, people with certain long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease and women who are pregnant.
- A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- Take everyday actions to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
For more information on Flu & You, go to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
http://www.cdc.gov/flu or contact Heather Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-567-3800.