Influenza, also known as "the flu," is a viral illness that infects the respiratory tract causing symptoms such as fever, nasal discharge, sore throat, cough, body aches, and generalized fatigue. Unlike other respiratory illnesses, like the "common cold," influenza can cause life-threatening illness. For this reason, it is very important to receive a seasonal flu vaccine every year.
Immunity develops 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine and lasts through the flu season. Flu season can "peak" anywhere from November through March. Get your influenza vaccine now!
Populations which are especially at risk for complications of the flu include:
- Children younger than 5 years old (the vaccine can be given starting at 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- Adults 65 years and older
- People with chronic medical conditions including: Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema), Heart Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and neurological conditions.