How Does Flu Spread?
Where Can I Get
Most experts think that flu viruses are
spread mainly by droplets made when The Flu Vaccine ?
people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Check with your:
These droplets can land in the mouths ● Doctor or health-care provider.
or noses of people who are nearby or ● Local public health unit.
possibly be inhaled into the lungs. A ● Local pharmacist.
person also might get the flu by
touching a surface or object that has flu
virus on it and then touching his or her
own eyes, mouth or nose. For more information about flu vaccine, visit
I recommend Flu Vaccine
for all my patients.
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What Else Can You Do To Prevent
INFLUENZA It’s Never Too Late To Get a
Not Just a “Nuisance” Disease Flu Vaccine!
The flu vaccine can be given at any time There are many other things you can do
Influenza, also called the “flu,” is an during the flu season. Flu vaccine later in to prevent flu and the spread of other
infection of the nose, throat and lungs. the flu season still can protect you against germs.
It is one of the most severe illnesses of the flu. The flu season in North Dakota • Cover nose and mouth when you cough
the winter season. It is not like a cold usually peaks in January or later. or sneeze.
or a “24-hour bug.” • Wash your hands with soap and water
The flu: • Avoid touching your nose or mouth.
• Affects all ages.
Who Should Get a Flu Vaccine?
• Can last for weeks. Everyone 6 months and older
• Is very easy to should get a flu vaccine.
to others. What Kind of Flu
Vaccine Is Available?
Symptoms include: People 6 months and
• Fever. older can receive the
• Headache. flu shot. A nasal spray
• Cough. vaccine is available
• Sore throat. What Should I Do If I Do Get
for most people
• Body aches. who are ages 2 to 49. Sick?
If you are sick with flu–like illness, it is
recommended that you stay home for at
least 24 hours after your fever is gone
except to get medical care or for other
Each year, about 400 North Dakotans necessities. (Your fever should be gone
Remember . . . You Can’t Get the Flu
die from flu or pneumonia From the Flu Vaccine! without the use of a fever-reducing