Influenza Update

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A contagious respiratory virus that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can be deadly.

Signs & Symptoms

Individuals who have the flu often experience some or all of the symptoms below:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Time from exposure and infection to when symptoms are presented is typically 2 days, but can range from about 1 – 4 days.


The virus is mainly spread by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Once having been dispersed into the air, the droplets can land in the mouths or noses of those nearby. Other ways in which the flu virus is transmitted is by touching a surface or objects that have the virus on it and then proceeding to touch your mouth, nose or eyes.

Period of Contagiousness

The flu virus may be spread to another individual before you know you are sick, as well as while you are ill.

  • Most contagious in the first 3 – 4 days after illness begins
  • Adults: able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 – 7 days after becoming sick
  • Young children and people with weakened immune systems could infect others with the virus for a longer period of time. 


The most effective method in preventing the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Nevertheless, there are everyday preventive actions that can reduce the spread of the virus.

  • Staying away from people who are sick
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve
  • Frequent handwashing; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a bleach and water solution or disinfectant labeled with “EPA approved” for killing viruses and bacteria.
  • Avoid places where large groups gather
  • Avoid sharing eating utensils and dishes with people who are sick

Diagnosing Flu

It is quite difficult to distinguish the flu from other viral or bacterial respiratory illnesses based on symptoms alone. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you suspect you are experiencing signs & symptoms related to the flu, please seek medical care immediately.