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About the Flu

What is the Flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

How Can I Prevent Getting the Flu or Giving it to Someone?

  • Get vaccinated, preferably in October-November. The SHC offers Flu vaccines Click here.
  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Cover your mouth. Flu is spread through respiratory droplet by people coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with those who are ill.
  • Stay home while you are ill.

How do I Treat the Flu?

Rest, hydration, and fever management are the basic treatments for otherwise healthy people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends antiviral medication for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza including people 65 years of age and older, children 12-23 months of age, people with chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes), and pregnant women. Click here