What is the Flu?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses attack your respiratory system, your nose, throat and lungs, causing mild to severe illness depending on additional risk factors.
Who is a risk?
Anyone can get the flu. Young children, adults over 65, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems are all at higher risk for developing complications from the flu. Because influenza is a virus, symptoms come on suddenly.
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body and muscle aches
- Headaches and fatigue
Most people who get the flu will only develop a mild illness and won’t need medical care or antiviral drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, if you are at high risk for flu-related complications (young children, adults over 65, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems) it is best to reach out to a healthcare professional. Contact your primary care provider or, if you don’t have one, visit one of our Immediate Care Centers if you are at high risk for complications and think you have the flu.
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