Influenza (Flu) Information
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious illness caused by a virus. It can cause mild to very severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The main way that influenza viruses are thought to spread is from person to person in the respiratory droplets of our coughs and sneezes. This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person are propelled through the air and land on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Influenza viruses may also be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets on another person - or on an object - and then touches their own mouth or nose.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu–like illness, stay home.