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Flu Facts 101

When it comes to the flu, the best defense is a good offense. Proper cleaning and hand-washing, getting vaccinated and avoiding contact with infected persons are all proactive steps you can take to sidestep the flu this year.

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  • The influenza virus, also known as flu, is a complex viral infection of the lungs, throat and/or sinuses that causes symptoms like a cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, muscle and body aches, and fever.
  • Most people do not need medical attention if they get the flu, but children, people over 65 and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to serious effects.
  • To prevent the flu, get vaccinated between September and November. Other tips to stay healthy and avoid spreading the virus include washing your hands regularly with warm soapy water, coughing and sneezing into your arm instead of your hands, and staying home when sick.

When it comes to flu, prevention truly is the best medicine. Whether it’s a shot or nasal spray, the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against infection. Unfortunately, misinformation keeps many people from getting vaccinated.

—Dr. Michael White

Primary Care Services - Immunizations