FLUency FACTS: What You Need to Know About the Flu

Flu season occurs in the fall and winter. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May.

Since we are in the peak of flu season, it’s important to stay up to date on flu facts and what you should be looking out for.

The goal is to keep ourselves, our children and our family members healthy and out of harms way.
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Take a look at this graphic with the CDC’s “FLUency Facts”:

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:

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

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

Preventing Seasonal Flu

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

Read more on the Official CDC Website.