Influenza (the Flu)
The "Flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and these viruses are airborne. They enter the body through the nose, mouth, or cuts on your skin if they come into contact with the virus, and then the virus infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness, and, unfortunately, infection with the virus can sometimes lead to death. Per the CDC, the best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Per the CDC, flu symptoms can include:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches/body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
The AACIHC has created some easy to hand out materials regarding the flu.
What is the Flu?
- What is the Flu? (Infographic describing the illness caused by the influenza virus, yearly statistics, and how easily it is spread.)
- Preventing the Flu (Infographic detailing how the influenza virus spreads, how long it can survive on various surfaces, and how to safely disinfect surfaces so as to kill the flu virus.)