COUGH, COLD AND FLU

COUGH, COLD AND FLUE & PREVENTION

While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

PREVENTION

  • The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, especially people at high risk.
  • Take actions every day to help stop the spread of germs. Getting a flu vaccine is the most important.
  • There are prescription medications called “antiviral drugs” that can be used to treat flu illness

FLU SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
  • Running or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches

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

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