Cold and Flu Center

What is influenza (flu)?

Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. An estimated 5 to 20 percent of the population in the US contract influenza each year. Influenza is characterized by the abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a nonproductive cough.

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Three Easy Steps to Fighting the Flu

  • Take time to get a flu vaccine
  • Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
  • Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them

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