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What is Influenza?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Influenza viruses spread mainly from person to person by the droplets produced when people with influenza cough, sneeze, or talk. The best way to prevent the virus is by getting an influenza vaccination each year.

The latest influenza dashboards and reports are updated regularly during flu season.

Influenza Symptoms

Symptoms of influenza include:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
Influenza Prevention Measures

The best way to prevent the influenza virus is by getting an influenza vaccination each year. Other methods you can take to help prevent influenza include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick in your home. Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others outside of your home.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

Check out our Flu Vaccine Toolkit to Assist Businesses Prevent Flu at Work.

Influenza and COVID-19:

Both COVID-19 and influenza are contagious respiratory illnesses that share many of the same signs and symptoms. COVID-19 and influenza can result in severe illness and complications for older adults, people with certain underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women. At this time, there is currently not a vaccine for COVID-19, but there is one for influenza. Reduce yours and your loved ones’ risk of illness this influenza season by getting your flu shot today!

Learn more about COVID-19 on our website and follow our daily updates on the COVID-19 Dashboard.