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Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year.
The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:
- Fever (usually high)
- Extreme tiredness
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
These symptoms are usually referred to as "flu-like symptoms."
The inactivated triivalent flu vaccine for 2015-16 protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. This year’s trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine contains three influenza virus strains. The antigens are:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus,
- an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus,
- a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.
The quadrivalent influenza vaccine for 2015-16 protects against the three flu strains listed above AND
- a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus.
Seasonal influenza vaccine can protect you from getting sick from the viruses listed above, or it can make your illness milder if you get a related but different influenza virus strain.
Flu vaccine is recommended for:
- Those 50 years of age and older.
- Chronically ill persons.
- Women who will be pregnant during the flu season.
- Children aged 6 months - 18 years.
- People who live in nursing homes.
- Household contacts of chronically ill persons and of children 6-59 months to avoid transmitting disease to them.
Please call the Brown County Public Health Division for a flu vaccine appointment, 448-6400.