INFLUENZA is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness. Because of the severity of flu, everyone should be vigilant at getting the vaccine, but certain people at high risk for even more serious flu complications should be vaccinated every year without fail. Those include people with chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and compromised immunce systems such a cancer, HIV and AIDS, the elderly, the morbidly obese, and young children.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
Sudden onset of:
Flu is mainly spread by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk and come in contact with others nearby. A person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has a flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE THE FLU: