Influenza (Flu)

Flu PhotoDuring flu season, the Lincoln County Health Department will post updates on flu activity and our flu vaccine clinics and eligibility. Lincoln County Health Department urges vaccination with flu shots as well as staying home when ill, and practicing good hand hygiene to prevent spread of the flu. For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Influenza Overview

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The CDC recommends that ALL people over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccine each year to prevent the spread of disease. If you have questions about the flu or flu vaccine or would like to receive a flu shot contact the health department at 715-536-0307 for more information.

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

People at Higher Risk from Flu

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age, but some people are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

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