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Flu Season: What You Need to Know

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Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Posted on 02/13/20

Flu Season graphicThe Union County Division of Public Health continues to see an increase in patients with flu-like illness.

What is the flu?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. At times, it can lead to death. Those at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems. Click here for more information about the flu, including symptoms.

What can you do about the flu?
Health officials suggest the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Additionally, there are good health habits to prevent the spread of the flu that include:

  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Click here to read more about these healthy habits.

Consult with your doctor if you are at high risk of serious flu complications and you get flu symptoms.

If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option. When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by one or two days.

More information on the flu
During October through May, the North Carolina Division of Public Health provides weekly updates on the spread of Influenza in North Carolina.