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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))

Oct 5, 2015 CDPH Reminds Residents to "Take One for the Team"
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Oct 3, 2014 Mayor Emanuel and CDPH Encourage Chicagoans to Get Their Yearly Flu Shot
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

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