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"The Best Shot Is a Flu Shot" says Elena Delle Donne

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The Best Shot is a Flu Shot

CDPH’s 2013 flu prevention awareness campaign features legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles and Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares.  The sports stars encourage residents to get a flu shot.  The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against the flu and the ad campaign is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about flu protection.  View the campaign gallery here.

Flu Basics

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or 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.  (Centers for Disease Control)

  • Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February.
  • Getting a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.

If you have symptoms of flu and are worried about your illness contact your health care provider.  Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, elderly persons, pregnant women and people with certain long-term medical conditions). (A full list of people at higher risk of flu related complications is available at People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.)

Flu signs and symptoms usually include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  For more helpful advice and a national perspective on preparations for the 2013-2014 flu season, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as www.flu.gov.

Most Recent News (Influenza (The Flu))

Jan 9, 2014 Flu Activity on the Rise in Chicago – City Urges Vaccination
Dec 9, 2013 CDPH Hosts End-of-Year Flu Vaccine Clinics for Vaccinate Illinois Week
Oct 25, 2013 2013 Family Flu Days Include Free Flu Shots, Fun for the Family and Enroll Chicago!
Oct 7, 2013 CDPH Teams Up with Mike Ditka, the Chicago Sky and the Chicago Fire to Remind Chicagoans that Their Best Shot is a Flu Shot
Sep 23, 2013 Chicago Department of Public Health Rolls Out 2013 Flu Prevention Efforts

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