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Stop the Flu, It Starts With You
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Stop the Flu for Children
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Cover Your Cough
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Handwashing
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Preventive Actions to Fight Germs
Simple Ways to Stay Healthy
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Flu Guide for Parents  CDC
What to do if you think your child has the flu  KCHD
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Take Time to Get the Flu Vaccine  CDC
 
A seasonal vaccine is distributed routinely every year. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.

The 2013-2014 vaccine protects against:
  ● an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  ● an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated
     prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011 
  ● a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus 

What is Influenza (Also called flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Symptoms of the Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
● fever* or feeling feverish/chills
● cough
● sore throat
● runny or stuffy nose
● muscle or body aches
● headaches
● fatigue (very tired)
● Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
Period of Contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
How serious is the flu?
Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:
● what flu viruses are spreading
● how much flu vaccine is available
● when vaccine is available
● how many people get vaccinated
● how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses
   that are causing illness

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. In the United States, thousands of healthy adults and children have to visit the doctor or are hospitalized from flu complications each year and some die. Studies going back 30 years to 1976 show that seasonal flu-related deaths have ranged from about 3,000 people to 49,000 people. Studies going back to 1976 have found that flu-related deaths ranged from a low of 4,700 to a high of 56,600 (average 25,500).

During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. During 2009-2010, a new and very different flu virus (called 2009 H1N1) spread worldwide causing the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years. It is estimated that the 2009 H1N1 pandemic resulted in more than 12,000 flu-related deaths in the U.S. In contrast to seasonal flu, nearly 90 percent of the deaths occurred among people younger than 65 years of age.
 
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