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Influenza (flu)
Influenza (FAQs)  

Below are some frequently asked questions on Influenza (Flu):

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)


What is Influenza?

Influenza is a respiratory virus that causes seasonal flu each year during the winter months. It is characterized by fever, chills, body aches, headache, runny nose, cough and occasional diarrhea.  It is primarily an infection of the respiratory tract (breathing tubes and lungs).  In some persons, complications of influenza can be severe ...more 


I received a flu shot last year, do I need another one this year?

Yes.  You need a flu shot this flu season (Fall 2010) to be protected.  Each year the types of flu that can make people sick change, so the flu shot also changes.


Do I need a separate H1N1 (swine) flu shot this year?

No.  The seasonal flu vaccine available this flu season (Fall 2010) will protect you from H1N1 flu.


What happened to H1N1 (swine) flu?

Last year a new strain of influenza, H1N1 or swine flu, was circulating around the world.  H1N1 is one of the many flu viruses circulating this flu season.


What about nasal vaccine, FluMist?

FluMist, the intranasal flu vaccine, is a viable option for healthy people ages 2-49.  See FluMist.com for more information.


What else can I do to protect myself from the flu?

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Clean your hands after you cough or sneeze with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.  Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to keep from getting sick and spreading germs to others.


What about antiviral medicine?

Antiviral medicines are used for treatment and prevention of influenza.  Antivirals must be taken quickly, within 24-48 hours of becoming ill with flu symptoms .... more


Avian "Bird" Influenza

What is Avian Influenza?

Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These influenza viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them. ...more

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This page last updated: 01/28/22