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    Seasonal Flu (Influenza)

    Influenza (the flu) is a contagious illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Each year in the United States, up to 20 percent of the population gets influenza, and about 200,000 people are hospitalized from its complications. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year.

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    Flu (Influenza) Facts
    Is it a cold or the flu? What are the symptoms?
    Flu facts
    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
    Should I take antiviral medicine?

    Other Flu Resources | Department of Health and Human Services
    Consumer friendly information on seasonal 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.