The Flu is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system. It can result in serious health complications that could lead to hospitalization and even death.
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- The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and – sometimes – the lungs.
- People with influenza can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away.
- People with the Flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins.
- The Flu is different from a cold. Unlike a cold, it usually comes on suddenly.
- Flu viruses are spread mainly by tiny droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze or talk.
- Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter.
People at higher risk of developing flu complications include:
- Young children under age 5, and especially those under six months.
- Adults older than age 65.
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- Pregnant women and women up to two weeks after giving birth.
- People with weakened immune systems.
- Native Americans.
- People who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes.
- People who are very obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher.
- The best way to prevent the Flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
- Where a mask.
- Practice social distancing.
Call your medical provider if you have the following symptoms:
- Aching muscles.
- Chills and sweats.
- Dry, persistent cough.
- Shortness of breath.
- Tiredness and weakness.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Sore throat.
- Eye pain.
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).
Seek immediate medical attention if you have the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Ongoing dizziness
- Worsening of existing medical conditions
- Severe weakness or muscle pain
Emergency signs and symptoms in children can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue lips
- Chest pain
- Severe muscle pain
- Worsening of existing medical condition
Call Community Health Net to schedule your flu shot today! Call (814) 455-7222.
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