Flu is short for influenza, a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the complications from the flue can be fatal. In the United States, most flu activity occurs between October and May, peaking in January and February.
The flu virus is easily spread from person to person. When someone that is sick coughs or sneezes, droplets go through the air and may land on people and objects. These droplets contain the virus and if they come into contact with your nose, mouth, eyes or lungs you may become sick. Someone that has the flu can spread virus up to one day before they start to have symptoms.
This simple chart can help you understand the difference in symptoms
During the flu season, be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a few days. Keep some over-the-counter medicine, alcohol-based rubs, tissues and anything else you need so that you do not have to go out while you are sick. If you are really sick or have other medical conditions or concerns, call your medical provider.
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