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Seasonal Influenza and You

Published February 21, 2024

Get the facts on influenza

The flu is caused by viruses that infect your nose, throat, and lungs. It is easily spread from person to person when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks. It is also possible to get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

3 Actions to Fight the Flu

  1. Get a yearly flu vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older.
  2. Practice healthy habits. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your upper sleeve (elbow), wash your hands often, avoid sick people, clean commonly touched objects and surfaces.
  3. Take antiviral medications if your healthcare provider prescribes them. Antiviral medications work best when started within two days of getting sick; however, if started later, they can still lessen the severity of symptoms. Be sure to follow instructions for taking these medications.

What are the symptoms?

Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (tiredness)
Vomiting and diarrhea

What should I do if I get sick with the flu?

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Ask your doctor if antiviral medication is necessary.

Who is at risk for the flu?

Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people. Some people are at high risk of developing serious complications if they get sick with the flu, such as:

  • Children under 5 years old
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic health conditions (asthma, diabetes, or weakened immune system)

Connect with staff for more information

For questions regarding our services, like immunizations, please contact Mid-Bergen Regional Health Commission.

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MPH, Public Health Planner

Sarah Bombino