It's Flu Season!
Learn more about the flu, including a flu vaccine finder at TexasFlu.org.
Make sure to increase hand washing, use good cough etiquette, wipe down surfaces frequently with germicidal wipes.
The flu is caused by influenza viruses, which target respiratory areas such as the nose, throat, and lungs. This virus can cause severe illness and even life-threatening complications. In the United States, an estimated 5 to 15 percent of the population is affected by the virus each year. The flu can live on surfaces between two to eight hours.
There is still time to get your flu shot. Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized. Flu activity usually peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
Flu symptoms include:
General tips on preventing flu-like illness
Most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose.You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose. Here are some other tips on protecting yourself and your loved ones from the flu and other viruses: