What is Influenza?
Influenza (The Flu) is a viral illness that affects people of all ages.
Signs and Symptoms of Influenza
Flu symptoms include:
- Body aches
Who is at risk for flu?
Everyone is at risk for contracting this infection. It is especially difficult on the very young, pregnant women, and older people. It is also harmful in people with lung disease and weak immune systems.
There is no cure for flu. The main treatments are supportive care. this includes medications for pain and fever as well as fluids. There are some medications that can shorten the length of the illness but no cure.
The flu is very preventable with a yearly vaccine. The flu shot is a yearly vaccine because the flu virus is constantly changing.
Influenza in Children
This illness can be especially deadly in young children. Yearly vaccination should start at 6 months of age.
Influenza in Pregnancy
All pregnant patients should get their flu shots. It can be harder on the already difficult changes that come with pregnancy. It can also lead to complications for the pregnancy including preterm labor.
Can you still get the flu after flu shot?
Yes, the flu shot is not 100% effect but if you the flu after vaccination it is usually a milder course.
Can you get flu more than once?
Yes, there are 2 main strains. Flu A and Flu B. You can become reinfected with strain B after an infection with A or vice versa.
Who should get a flu shot?
Everybody over the age of 6 months should get a yearly flu shot.
Can you die from the flu?
Yes, the CDC reported 80,000 deaths in the US during the 2017-2018 flu season.
How long does the flu last?
The worst symptoms are usually 3-5 days but can last up to 2 weeks
How long are you contagious with the flu?
You usually contagious until you are fever free for 24 hours.
How do you get the flu?
It is from droplets of saliva from coughing and sneezing.
Can I get the flu shot if I have an egg allergy?
Yes, the way the flu vaccine is currently made there is no reason to avoid it because of a history of egg allergy. If you have anaphylaxis to eggs, you should get the shot at an allergist office.
What are reasons not to get the flu shot?
The only contraindications to flu vaccine are severe allergic reaction and Guillain-Barre syndrome.