Seasonal Flu (Influenza)
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Causing mild to severe illness, about 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with complications due to influenza. The best way to prevent catching and spreading the flu is to get an influenza vaccine each year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over six months of age get the flu vaccine. This season's flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.
Is it a cold or the flu? What are the symptoms?
Flu Facts: Influenza 101
Is it a cold or the flu?
Do's and Don'ts for flu symptom medications
When to call the doctor
The flu is contagious, but there are steps you can take to prevent getting infected. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccination.
Three steps to prevent the flu
Good habits to keep you healthy
The best way to prevent influenza is get get a vaccine each year. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot.
Find a flu shot clinic near you
Flu shot myths
Overview: Seasonal Flu
Symptoms of influenza
Health Tool: Should I take antiviral medicine?
Other Flu Resources
Flu.gov | Department of Health and Human Services
Consumer friendly information on seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu. Also includes information on where to find vaccinations and local news.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Find information about the seasonal flu such as latest activity, frequently asked questions, what to do to stay healthy, vaccine information and more.