Influenza (aka. “The Flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.  Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, lethargy, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).


Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone infected with flu coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can stay suspended in the air for periods of time allowing them to land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person also can get flu by touching something that has the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

  • Reduces flu illnesses & doctors’ visits

  • Prevents spreading to infants and the elderly

  • Decreases the severity of symptoms

  • Recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year

  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting as well as targeted activities on objects and surfaces that are touched often

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Wash your hands and cover your cough and sneeze

  • The flu shot cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines either contain inactivated flu virus (non-infectious), or with no flu viruses at all.
    It is not better to get the flu, rather than receive the flu vaccine. If you have received the flu vaccine and do contract the flu, the duration and severity of the illness are reduced.