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    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. The 2012/2013 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.



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    Flu (Influenza) Facts
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    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




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    Tips for Staying Healthy in Flu Season
    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



    Flu Shot
    Flu Shot Clinics
    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



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    Flu Information from our HealthWise Health Library
    Overview: Seasonal Flu
    Symptoms of influenza
    Health Tool: Should I take antiviral medicine?




    Other Flu Resources


    Flu.gov | Department of Health and Human Services
    www.flu.gov
    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)
    www.cdc.gov/flu
    Find information about the seasonal flu such as latest activity, frequently asked questions, what to do to stay healthy, vaccine information and more.