What is Influenza?
highly contagious viral infection of
the respiratory passages.
Often causes fever, severe aching.
Often causes epidemics
Some symptoms include
Runny or stuffy nose
Cough and/or sore throat
A fever of 100 F or higher fever
Not many people get a fever when having a
Body aches and/or headaches.
Most common in children, Nausea, vomiting,
What causes the Flu?
viruses travel through air when a
person sneezes, coughs or talks.
A person can get the viruses by simply
touching an object.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing
You can treat flu symptoms with and without
medication. But it won’t make you any less
Get plenty of rest and eat healthy
prevention: good hygiene
Antiviral drugs help prevent getting
The Seasonal Flu
flu is a contagious respiratory
illness caused by flu virus.
Approximately 5-20% residents get the flu
Flu season begins from early October and
as late May.
The Flu Season
Who is at risk?
Children (younger than 2)
Senior (65 and older)
People with low immune system
Changes to a pregnant woman’s immune system
can make her more sensitive for the flu. The flu can
bring her pregnancy at great risk.
People with disabilities
Travelers and people living aboard.
Types of Flu Viruses
(Avian Influenza A Virus): been
detected in poulrty in China, people and
birds in the U.S
H3N2V: does not usually infect people or
spread among people.
H1N1(Swine Flu): it’s now a human
seasonal flu that circulates in pigs
H5N1 (Bird Flu): serious outbreaks in