The Dreaded FLU SEASON
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of a flu infection can result in hospitalization or death, according to the American Red Cross.
Seasonal flu in the United States occurs in the fall and winter months. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May.
Flu viruses are spread by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or be inhaled into their lungs.
Healthy habits to help prevent the flu include getting vaccinated, avoiding close contact with others, staying at home when you're sick, covering your mouth and nose, washing your hands, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and practicing other good health habits.
Stay informed about public health recommendations related to the flu by visiting the CDC website.