Flu season is just around the corner and understanding what the flu is can help protect you from becoming infected. Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory illness. There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B, and C. Influenza A and B viruses are what causes the seasonal flu each year.
The flu usually comes on suddenly and the severity can range from a mild illness to death. Most people who contract the flu will recover within a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications, such as pneumonia, which can result in death. People who are at higher risk of developing complications while infected with the flu include people who are 65 years and older, pregnant women, younger children, and people who have preexisting medical conditions such as asthma or heart disease.
The influenza virus is highly contagious and can be spread up to 6 feet away. According to health officials, the influenza virus is spread by droplets made by when people cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets are then inhaled, therefore, infecting other people. People who are infected can spread the virus 1 day before showing symptoms and up to 7 days after being sick. Flu peak season can vary, but historically, outbreaks can start as early as October and flu activity can peak in January or February.
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For more information about Influenza (Flu), check out the Keeping Kids Healthy During Cold & Flu Season Blog and the CDC website.