While you can catch the flu any time of the year, the virus is most common in the US between October and May and usually peaks around January or February. The flu vaccine is the best way for the entire family to prepare for the coming flu season. Flu viruses are unpredictable. They are always changing over time and from year to year.
The flu can last for a week or more. Its symptoms include fever (usually above 101), chills, headache, body aches, sore throat, dry hacking cough, and stuffy or runny nose. The flu is very contagious. Flu viruses spread easily through the air with coughing and sneezing. They also spread by touching things like doorknobs or toys and then touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
The flu vaccine is the best way for the entire family to prepare for the coming flu season. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all people (6 months of age and older) get the flu vaccine every year. Anyone that has an egg allergy should check with their physician before receiving a flu shot.
The above information was provided by www.healthychildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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