ABOUT FLU & VACCINATIONWHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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What should you know about the flu?

How to recognize the flu, avoid getting it, and spreading it.

What is the flu (influenza)?

Influenza, also called the flu, is a serious and contagious respiratory illness that's caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, sometimes leading to pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and even death.

Who is at risk?

Every year in the United States, on average, 8% of the population get sick with the flu. Some groups are at higher risk than others, including the elderly, young children, and people with certain health conditions.

Help keep the flu from spreading!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to help prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. The following tips can also help prevent the flu from spreading:

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CLEAN & DISINFECT SURFACES

You can’t see the flu virus, so use a safe bleach or disinfectant to kill additional germs on surfaces and toys.

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TISSUES

For more than just weepy movies. Cough and sneeze into them to avoid spreading germs.

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SHARING ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD

You never know who is sick, so just in case, don’t let your kids share items like pacifiers, cups, spoons, forks, towels, or toothbrushes.

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GOT THE FLU? GET IN BED

Adults are contagious for up to 7 days, and kids can be contagious for even longer. Because you are more likely to spread the flu when you have a fever, the CDC recommend you stay home and away from other people for as long as you have a fever and for 24 hours after your fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.

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WASH WITH SOAP & HOT WATER

It’s the oldest trick in the book because it works. Use anti-bacterial soaps and carry a hand sanitizer for times when you can’t use a sink.

WASH WITH SOAP & HOT WATER

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE, OR MOUTH

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

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Why get vaccinated?

  • Flu can be serious, sometimes leading to hospitalization or death
  • Even healthy people can catch the flu and/or spread it to others
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting a yearly flu vaccine

Preliminary estimates for the 2018-2019 US flu season showed…

37.4 – 42.9 million people had the flu.

17.3 – 20.1 million people had flu-related medical visits.

36,400 – 61,200 people died from flu.

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GET THE KEY FACTS FROM THE CDC.

For more info on the seasonal flu visit the CDC website.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • You should not get FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT if you have a severe allergy to eggs or to any inactive ingredient in the vaccine; have ever had a life-threatening reaction to influenza vaccinations; or are 2 through 17 years old and take aspirin or medicines containing aspirin—children or adolescents should not be given aspirin for 4 weeks after getting FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise
  • Children under 2 years old have an increased risk of wheezing (difficulty with breathing) after getting FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you or your child are currently wheezing; have a history of wheezing if under 5 years old; have had Guillain-Barré syndrome; have a weakened immune system or live with someone who has a severely weakened immune system; have problems with your heart, kidneys, or lungs; have diabetes; are pregnant or nursing; or are taking a medication used to treat influenza like Tamiflu®*, Relenza®*, amantadine, or rimantadine
  • The most common side effects are runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and fever over 100°F

FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT is a vaccine that is sprayed into the nose to help protect against influenza. It can be used in people 2 through 49 years old. FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT may not prevent influenza in everyone who gets vaccinated.

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