Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection that spreads readily from person to person. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu vaccine to help prevent sickness, serious complications, and possible death from influenza.
It takes up to two weeks for the body to develop immunity, so get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine is available. Protection lasts throughout the flu season, which usually peaks in February and continues into the spring.
Talk with your healthcare provider about the flu vaccine or visit the Macomb County Health Department seasonal flu vaccine information web page for clinic locations and times.
Take all necessary precautions to minimize spread of the flu:
- Get vaccinated.
- Wash your hands – Washing hands with soap and water has been shown to limit the spread of infections. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Keep surfaces clean – Wipe down frequently touched surfaces with household cleaner, preferably with bleach.
- Keep germs away from others – Don’t go to work, school, or gathering places when you have a fever. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Cough into your arm, or if you cough into your hand, wash it thoroughly immediately. Also note, people can spread flu for about a day before they feel sick and for about a day after they are better.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
Resources on flu:
Vaccine information, Macomb County Health Department