What is the flu?
The flu is an illness caused by flu viruses. The flu may make people cough and have a sore throat and fever. They may also have a runny or stuffy nose, feel tired, have body aches, or show other signs they are not well. The flu happens every year and is more common in the fall and winter in the U.S. People of all ages can get the flu, from babies and young adults, to the elderly.
Flu in People
Do people in the U.S. get the flu? Yes. Flu viruses spread worldwide. Flu tends to occur mostly in the fall and winter months in the United States. Many people get the flu each year. The flu is also found in other parts of the world. But the time of year when flu is most common can vary from one area to another.
How does the flu spread?
People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. Droplets released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People may also catch the flu by touching their mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as doorknobs, tables, or an infected person’s dirty hand.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these steps to fight the flu:
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Use medication the way your doctor recommends it.
For more information call the CDC at: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or go to www.cdc.gov/flu.
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