"The flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness and in some cases can lead to death. Your best defense against the flu is to be vaccinated each year. Key Facts About Seasonal Flu and Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Flu Season can range from October to as late as May.
What You Need to Know
Following are some important tips to prevent the spread of flu virus whether it is the seasonal flu or the Novel H1N1 strain.
Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow where fabric can trap germs
Wash your hands often with soap and water or if that is not available, use hand sanitizer, especially after you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home from work, school, and social events if you have the flu
Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth - germs are likely to spread this way
Seasonal Influenza Symptoms
Runny or stuffy nose
Dry cough vomiting
Sore throat, but more common in children than adults.
Some individuals have reported diarrhea and vomiting with the Novel H1N1 flu.