Seasonal Influenza: The Disease

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. 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.

In 2009-2010, a new and very different flu virus (called 2009 H1N1) spread worldwide causing the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years. CDC expects the 2009 H1N1 virus to cause illness again this upcoming season along with other seasonal flu viruses. The current vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two - three other influenza viruses depending on the flu vaccination you receive.

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How do I take precautions to prevent getting the flu?

How is the flu spread?

Help! I am feeling sick and don’t know if I need to see a physician.

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I have heard about another type of vaccine available called FluMist™; I want to know if I should get the vaccine?

There are medications available to help reduce the symptoms of the flu and to precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu.

FAQ on Flu Vaccines

Information Source: CDC.gov

How to Get the Vaccine

To receive flu vaccine, students should come to the Health Service Immunization Clinic Monday - Friday between 8:00 -11:30 AM (Wednesdays: 9:00-11:30 AM) and 12:30-3:30 PM. There is a 20-minute wait following administration of the vaccine.

NC Department of Health and Human Services citizen hotline for questions about flu vaccine: 1-800-662-7030.