Influenza ("flu”) is a contagious disease. It is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions.
Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children. For most people, symptoms last only a few days. They include:
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Aches
Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza.
Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions—such as heart, lung, or kidney disease or a weakened immune system—can get much sicker. Flu can cause high fever, pneumonia, and diarrhea and make existing medical conditions worse. Each year thousands of people die from seasonal influenza and even more require hospitalization.
By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others.
Every autumn, we offer flu shots to senior citizens and various organizations throughout Rockland County. Check back in early September for more information.